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Report on the telecommunications market in Poland in 2015


2016-06-29
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The President of the Office of Electronic Communications presents Report on the telecommunications market in Poland in 2015. The document was drawn up on the basis of data provided in the annual reports of telecommunications undertakings, pursuant to Article 7 of the Telecommunications Act.

 

In 2015  the total value of the telecommunications market amounted to PLN 39.5 billion. This was the first growth in revenues of the whole sector in the last couple of years.

Access to the Internet
In 2015, the penetration of Internet access services in Poland reached the level higher than 100%. In total, 102% of households had Internet access. This rate was by 11.6 percentage points higher than in the previous year. The value of the Internet access market amounted to PLN 5.07 billion.

Chart 1. Broadband Internet penetration rates



Source: UKE

In 2015, there were in total 14 million Internet users in Poland. 7.1 million used fixed-line Internet, while 6.67 million relied on mobile Internet. For mobile access a significant growth in the number of users was observed (by 0.9 million) compared to 2014. 
The quality of Internet services is improving year by year. Progress in this regard can be observed in particular in terms of available bandwidths. In 2015, as many as some 61% of users used the Internet of 10 Mbit/s. This result was by more than 10 percentage points better than in 2014.

Mobile telephony
The penetration of mobile services in 2015 shrank by 3 percentage points compared to 2014 and amounted to 147.2%. The operators had 56.6 million active SIM cards in their databases. The decline in this regard was caused by adjusting subscriber databases to the reality by the telecommunications undertakings.
In 2015, the usage of mobile telephony grew. The duration of outgoing calls amounted to 91.8 billion minutes. This result was by 11.1% higher than the one obtained in 2014.
Poles more and more frequently use roaming services. The number of minutes in outbound roaming in the period from 2014 to 2015 grew by 64.6% and reached the level of 990 million minutes in 2015. In turn, the volume of data transmission usage grew by as much as 298.6% compared to 2014.

Chart 2. Total volume of data transmitted in mobile networks in outbound roaming
 


Source: UKE

Bundled services

The popularity of bundled services in Poland is growing year by year. In one year the number of users of those services increased by 2 million. The number of those users amounted to 5.9 million in 2015.
In total, the operators earned PLN 2.94 billion from the provision of bundled services. An average monthly revenue per user amounted to PLN 41.73.
The most popular service in 2015 was the package "Mobile telephony + mobile Internet". More than 41% of subscribers to bundled services used this package. The second most popular service was "Television + fixed-line Internet" whose market share in terms of the number of users amounted to 18%.

Chart 3. Most popular bundles in 2015
 


Source: UKE


Fixed-line telephony

The declining trend observed for the last couple of years continued for fixed-line telephony also in 2015. In total, the revenues from the provision of those services were lower by 13%. The subscriber base shrank by some 0.5 million.

Chart 4. Value of the fixed-line telephony market and the dynamics of change
 


Source: UKE


The declining popularity of those services is reflected in the traffic volume which fell from 10.4 billion minutes in 2014 to 9.2 billion minutes in 2015. In the reporting period Poles used fixed-line telephony mainly to make domestic calls which constituted 93% of the duration of fixed-line calls.
In contrast, the segment of VoIP users is increasing year by year. In 2015, 0.99 million users made calls by means of Internet telephony provided by operators in their own networks. 0.54 million subscribers used VoIP based on the networks provided by other operators.
 

The data presented in this Report was collected by means of new questionnaires (in accordance with the Ordinance of the Minister of Administration and Digitization of 10 December 2014 on specimen questionnaires for submitting data on telecommunications activities, Official Journal of 2014, item 1890. Therefore, not all information included in the Report is comparable to its previous editions.

 
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