The President of UKE presents the report based on the analysis of universal service obligation implementation by Telekomunikacja Polska SA.
In accordance with provisions of the Polish Telecommunications Act – under the decisions of the President of UKE, Telekomunikacja Polska SA (TP) was designated to provide universal service in the whole territory of Poland in the period between 8th May 2006 and 8th May 2011, including the following elements:
On 9th May 2011, the decisions of the President of UKE imposing on TP the obligation to provide universal service and defining the conditions for its provision expired, as a result of which after 8th May 2011 TP is no longer obliged to provide universal service.
Based on the results of its internal analysis, the President of UKE decided that the existing model of USO provision is ineffective, does not fit actual users’ needs and the conditions of the telecommunications market in Poland as well as it fails to implement in a fully correct manner the provisions of the EU law (lack of flexibility). The above mentioned statement of the President of UKE is also confirmed by the Report of independent experts from the Audytel company, which is attached to this press release.
For this reason, the President of UKE presented its proposals for amendment to the Telecommunications Act, among others with respect to the universal service provision model in Poland.
Having regard to the above, the President of UKE has not began any procedures for designating undertaking(s) obliged to provide universal service under the existing model. However, in the nearest future the principles for the provision of universal service by TP in the transitional period are going to be defined in the following areas: