The present Report on the Telecommunications Market, hereinafter referred to as “the Report”, is the third such report prepared by the Regulator. Pursuant to the Act of 16 July 2004 – Telecommunications Law (Journal of Laws No. 171, item 1800, as amended), hereinafter referred to as the Act or the TL, the obligation to publish the report on an annual basis is vested in the President of the Office of Electronic Communications (UKE). Under this provision, the report is published on the website of the Office and in the UKE Newsletter. Pursuant to Article 192.3, this report also includes activities aimed at protecting the interest of telecommunications users and presents the objectives of regulatory activity in a given year. UKE uses its best endeavours to make annual reports a reliable source of information about the Polish telecommunications market, both for telecommunications undertakings and end users of telecommunications services.
We would also like to note that the present study has been developed owing to the analysis of a unique source of statistical information, namely reporting forms sent annually directly to UKE by telecommunications undertakings. On 8 February 2006, in execution of the delegation of Article 7.3 of the Act, the Minister of Transport and Construction issued an ordinance concerning the template of reporting forms used for submitting data on telecommunications activities. Under the Act, telecommunications undertakings whose annual revenue from telecommunications activities in the previous fiscal year exceeded the amount of 4 million PLN are under obligation to submit the following to the President of UKE:
1) annual financial statement, by 30 June;
2) data on the type and scope of telecommunications activity as well as the sales volume of telecommunications services, by 31 March.
At the same time, any telecommunications undertaking, whose annual revenue from telecommunications activities in the previous fiscal year was equal or less than the amount of 4 million PLN, is under obligation to submit to the President of UKE data on the type and scope of telecommunications activity and the sales volume of telecommunications services, by 31 March.
Pursuant to the provisions of Article 192.3 of the TL, the present Report has been prepared on the basis of information obtained from telecommunications undertakings, including the procedure referred to in Article 7 of the Act. Furthermore, certain analyses relied on publicly available reports and studies ordered in 2005 for the purposes of the Office. Among such studies ordered by URTiP there is a consumer research „Telecommunications Market in Poland”, conducted for the third time. It relates, among others, to consumer satisfaction from services rendered by their service providers, and allows to view the telecommunications market from the end users’ perspective. Other studies that have been used include: „The telecommunications market in Poland 2005 - 2008” by PMR company, covering historical data until mid-2005, and the 11th Implementation Report of the European Commission.
The market information presented in this Report has first and foremost the form of share of telecommunications undertakings in specific areas of activity. Data for 2005 is mostly presented in tables with data on the previous years. However, making such comparisons has not always been possible, among others because of the changes in the definition of certain telecommunications services or research methodology.