The President of UKE presents the Report – “A set of rates for monitoring the execution of objectives of the Digital Agenda for Europe in terms of the fast and ultrafast Internet access”.
The Report presents data to assess the implementation of objectives of the Digital Agenda for Europe with respect to the availability of broadband infrastructure in Poland. The primary measure providing the assessment possibility is the Broadband Services Availability Rate, which value is comprised of four components:
1. Broadband Infrastructure Availability Rate
2. Broadband Services Penetration Rate
3. Broadband Infrastructure Competition Rate
4. Infrastructure Sustainable Availability Rate
where two of them are in line with the objectives of the National Broadband Plan (NBP) and are designated for specific municipal areas:
- Broadband Infrastructure Availability Rate – can be used to verify the NBP in terms of “ensuring universal access to the Internet at speeds of at least 30 Mb/s by the end of 2020”,
- •Broadband Services Penetration Rate – can be used to test the degree of NBP implementation in terms of “enhancing the use of access services at speeds of at least 100 Mb/s by 50 % of households by the end of 2020”, as well as to examine the implementation of the National Development Strategy 2020 with respect to “Increasing the use of digital technologies”.
The indicated structure of rates and their mutual correlation make the Report a unique analysis that was possible to prepare with the use of the highly detailed data obtained and analyzed by UKE, and then referred to the specific objectives of the EAC. The set of rates to monitor the fulfilment of the Digital Agenda objectives in terms of fast and ultrafast Internet access is the first such publication concerning the implementation of the National Broadband Plan (NBP) objectives in different areas of the country.
The initiative undertaken by the President of UKE and the creation of the aforementioned Report allowed for providing access to one of better tools for planning the next steps regarding the implementation of the ongoing projects, as well as the new investments from the Operational Programme - Digital Poland. The aim of creating and sharing the Report - as a support to activities related to the implementation of the Digital Agenda and NBP – is to achieve the main government objective i.e. to provide the Polish consumer (citizen) with the fastest possible next-generation services as soon as possible.
The key information of the Report includes a detailed factsheet allowing for the comparison of data for particular areas/municipalities. The data used in the study were collected by UKE from 3179 telecommunications companies, within the telecommunications infrastructure inventory in 2014 and refer to the year 2013.
With the aforementioned data, calculation of Broadband Services Availability Rate allows for the unambiguous and systematic analysis of the development of individual Polish administrative areas in terms of broadband infrastructure and the availability of broadband services for end users. In terms of its component parts, it must be noted that the value of the Broadband Infrastructure Availability Rate for bandwidth equal to or higher than 30 Mb/s and calculated for the whole country amounts to 52.77%. For the bandwidth ranging 100 Mb/s or more, the rate value was 51.63%.
Across the country there were no municipal areas where the penetration of services with bandwidth equal to or higher than 30 Mb/s and 100 Mb/s or more, was equal to or higher than 50%. In case of the bandwidth range over 30 Mb/s, the maximum value is 35.87%, while in case of the bandwidth range over 100 Mb/s it is 15,92%. In contrast, the Broadband Services Penetration Rate value calculated globally for the entire country for the bandwidth equal to or higher than 30 Mb/s amounts to 8.20%, while for the bandwidth range of 100 Mb/s or more it was 0.91% at the end of 2013.
The other two components of Broadband Services Availability Rate presented in a report are the Broadband Infrastructure Competition Rate, defining the degree of the broadband infrastructure duplication in individual address points, and the Infrastructure Sustainable Availability Rate, specifying the distribution uniformity of the availability of broadband infrastructure in the analyzed area.
The full report is available in Polish.