Next generation Internet access for Lubelskie region

New broadband infrastructure is bridging the digital divide in eastern Poland by bringing high-speed Internet access to the masses.

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With the laying of 2 900 kilometres of fibre optic cable to both expand and complement the existing telecommunications infrastructure, 92.7 % of the Lubelskie region is within reach of basic broadband service, and 61.1 % now have potential Next Generation Access (NGA). This is a significant step towards eliminating the digital divide and in line with Europe’s Digital Agenda of providing basic Internet access to all citizens.

Expanding the network

As a result of the project, an additional 316 000 residents will now have access to broadband service, with the 322 000 already connected to broadband Internet benefiting from NGA network coverage. In terms of percentages, the project provides a 15 % increase in basic broadband coverage to the region. Those gaining access to NGA network services will increase from 45.2 % to 61.1 % of the population

These numbers are possible due to a strategically planned fibre optic based infrastructure utilising both passive and active components. The infrastructure itself will follow a regional backbone which is connected to 14 district areas, with each area serving approximately 100 000 to 200 000 inhabitants. This hub-and-spoke structure ensures an even distribution of connectivity across the entire region.

The project is expected to create 900 jobs.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “Broadband network in Eastern Poland – Lubelskie region” is EUR 78 271 523, with the EU’s European Regional Development Fund contributing EUR 66 530 794 for the 2007–2013 programming period. The project is funded through the priority “Information society infrastructure” of the Operational Programme “Development of Eastern Poland”.

Draft date

15/10/2013