In 2015 a 30% increase in broadband network was noted - at the end of the previous year the length of optical network in Poland amounted to nearly 420 thousand km. The number of fibre-optic nodes as of the end of 2015 was by 21% higher than the number declared in the previous inventory.
The current edition of the report is published at a crucial moment. We have finalised activities of the previous financial perspective which resulted in the construction of missing backbone distribution network, and gave small and medium-size telecommunications enterprises a chance to build access network. 25 thousand km of high-speed fibre optic networks were built under 14 Regional Broadband Projects. Undertakings of the SME sector have built access networks - mostly in FTTx technology - reaching over 208 thousand households located mostly in the areas that up to that point were not served by broadband infrastructure. We have also witnessed large investments projects financed by telecommunications undertakings from their own resources without the support of public funds. In 2015 they amounted to PLN 620 million.
In 2015 a 30% increase in broadband network was noted; at the end of the previous year the length of optical network in Poland amounted to nearly 420 thousand km - according to the Report on the coverage of the territory of the Republic of Poland with the existing telecommunications infrastructure and public telecommunications networks.
The number of fibre-optic nodes as of the end of 2015 was by 21% higher than the number declared in the previous inventory. Data collected from about 11.6 thousand municipalities showed over 108 thousand nodes located on their territory.
In comparison to the previous year's data, summaries show a significant increase in the number of access nodes in towns with at least 500 citizens and a general increase in the number of nodes in majority of town and city types. Growth in the number of municipalities where undertakings declare LTE network coverage is an interesting phenomenon. During the previous infrastructure and service inventory undertakings declared over 8 thousand such municipalities, whereas in the reporting year (2015) there were almost 14.5 thousand of such municipalities. The report shows that access to internet speeds of at least 30 Mbps is available to over 39 percent of buildings in municipalities with at least 5 thousand citizens, which means and increase by 9 percentage points in comparison to 2014's inventory. On the country scale 8% of municipalities is still out of any access network coverage, but 99% of those municipalities have not more than 100 citizens. However, it is worth highlighting that modern infrastructure which is so lacking is quickly being built
. – says Magdalena Gaj. - Implementation of the projects under Operational Programme Digital Poland (OPDP) on one hand, and mobile operators' investments in development of LTE networks resulting from obligations imposed by the President of UKE on the other, are a chance to change this situation. The report shows that after implementation of auction obligations and investments for which applications have been submitted under the first OPDP competition, the percentage of municipalities out of coverage will drop to 1%. This is why there are a lot of indications that the next year's inventory will show even more impressive results.
This report is published almost in parallel with the announcement of results of the first call for projects under competition procedure for co-financing of projects with the funds of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) within the first priority axis of the Digital Poland Operational Programme - ‘Common access to high-speed Internet’, Measure 1.1 ‘Eliminating territorial differences in terms of access to high-speed broadband Internet’.
It should be underlined that in reference to the first competition UKE has determined 229 areas where the aforesaid projects are to be implemented and that this identification was carried out with the use of data collected most of all within the inventory of telecommunications services and infrastructure conducted by UKE. Data collected in this year's inventory will be used again to determine areas before the announcement of the second call for projects under OPDP.
The enclosed Report provides detailed information on the telecommunications infrastructure available in Polish only.