It is the third report, prepared based on experience collected during the previous issues. As before, the data presented in the Report was provided by entities entered in the Register of Telecommunications Undertakings kept by the President of the Office of Electronic Communications, local government entities as well as public utility enterprises.
The data collected during the inventory is made available in aggregated and anonymised form which is, however, fully useful for the implementation of the objectives such information is to fulfil. The data provides valuable information for telecommunications undertakings and other entities operating technical network infrastructure.
The inventory performed this year has significantly contributed to the extension of the range of the inventory data collected. More detailed data and maps of the telecommunications infrastructure appeared in the Report, covering the infrastructure of the smallest operators and local government entities. It is the excellent background and reference material which shall enable us to evaluate the real changes in the coverage of the country by the telecommunications infrastructure in the years to follow.
The Report presents the status of the infrastructure based on the data collected as of 31 December 2012 and constitutes the summary of the data collected and processed in the Information System on Broadband Infrastructure (SIIS). In the SIIS, UKE collects data submitted by telecommunications undertakings, local government entities and public utility enterprises. The system collects the data related to:
The declarations on non-possession of infrastructure, investment plans or broadband services form the integral part of the submitted reports. The number of entities which decided to send the relevant declarations amounted to 4639 (for comparison - 3840 in the previous year). Besides declarations submitted in written form, those entities often provided additional information, e.g. on termination of business operations, on their previous removal from the Register of Telecommunications Undertakings; requests for deleting from the register were also included. Thanks to this information it was possible to update the register and, consequently, to generate the list of active undertakings conducting business.
Although in general the collected data shows relatively limited progress in the development of the telecommunications infrastructure in the country, nevertheless, in many cases the formerly available data was corrected and supplemented. An example is the average percentage of locations (for provinces) in which no telecommunications node exists. It decreased, on average, by over 9 percentage points – from 64% to 58%, which mainly results from the number of entities submitting the data. A similar situation occurs in the case of access nodes: the average share of locations without any access nodes decreased from 65% to 59%, which also results from including significantly increased number of access network operators in smaller towns in the inventory conducted this year.
It is worth mentioning that the share of locations beyond the range of any networks decreased, on average, by 5 percentage points in relation to the previous year. Areas which constitute the "totally white spots" still exist, however, they currently make approximately 8% of locations, mainly those below 100 inhabitants.
The sole operation of the consecutive versions of the SIIS system generates measurable benefits to UKE, as the system operator, as well as to entities bound to enter data into the system. The geospatial location of the data processed basically enhances its adequacy for analyses, facilitating the assessment of directions and areas of further investment and supporting the elimination of potential errors.
The data provided allows for determining the areas for intervention in the scope of coverage by the telecommunications infrastructure. While providing the data on their infrastructure, the telecommunications operators may also state where the already existing infrastructure can be used for their investment needs in order to reduce investment expenses; such data will be also useful for entrepreneurs for making the decisions on investment in new areas. Thanks to the data collected, the President of UKE was also able to determine the areas in which the mobile network operators will build their infrastructure, under the planned auction for frequencies in the 800 MHz band.