- Digital revolution is happening now, before our very eyes. The regulator has to know what will happen in the next 2-4 years, not only what is going on here and now. Our actions should stimulate the development of market and healthy competition, with the consumer who is already a mobile citizen of the world at its centre
- said Magdalena Gaj, the President of UKE during the "Digital Republic. How the Internet and digital technologies change our reality?" conference held on 23 March 2016.
Anna Streżyńska, the Minister of Digitial Affairs, and Jerzy Kwieciński, a Secretary of State at the Ministry of Development, as well as representatives of companies active in the new technologies sector were among the conference speakers.
All the speakers underlined that the digitization is a basis for the development of efficient state, both on the economical and social level. It is relevant for every citizen, e.g. through the development of identity certification ecosystem which concerns access to various authorities or banks via e.g. smartphones, which Minister Streżyńska emphasised. In the past financial perspective, 40 percent of European Union investment in this scope was implemented in Poland. However, if our country is to still be developing fast, this tendency and this investment direction have to be kept, underlined Minister Kwieciński.
- Today Poland is one of the leaders when it comes to penetration with mobile Internet access services in Europe. In 2015 already over 94% of households used such services. This result was by about 19 percentage points above the European average. In terms of mobile Internet services' penetration in July 2015 Poland was the fifth in Europe
- added President Gaj.
The debate, according to the organizers' intention, was aimed at popularising the idea of the national "Digital Republic" programme which goal is to create a platform for the exchange of thoughts and experiences between the market decision-makers, i.e. regulators, regional administration, operators, entities providing technologies and participating in digitization and informatization of the country.