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Multi-broad net for rural areas and small towns | Poland

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The project provides the construction of a fibre-optic network at selected areas of Opolskie Province (southern part of Poland). With the deployment of 2500 km of fibre optic networks, nearly 50.000 households have obtained access to broadband Internet. The whole project covers 19 municipalities.

Project type

Project type:

Basic information

Country:

Project submitted by

Name: 
Tomasz Serwatka
Organisation: 
Multiplay
Phone: 
+48 508301500
Scope: 
regional
Place address: 
Szpitalna 8
44190 Knurów
Poland
Time frame: 
From 01/01/2011 to 30/10/2015
Leading up-organisation: 
Multiplay
Cost structure: 
21.5 Mio EUR for building elements, construction of fibre-optical network, construction of the backbone network and access networks, salaries of employees, marketing and promotion.

Quality of service

Speed / performance: 
≥100 Mbps
Technology: 
FTTP/H
Service providers: 
G-NET, Czarnet, CityMedia
Number / share of households supplied: 
Date: August 31, 2015
Number: 6900
Percentage: 17
Date: July 30, 2016
Number: 12000
Percentage: 29
Number / share of businesses supplied: 
Date: August 31, 2015
Number: 490
Percentage: 5
Date: July 30, 2016
Number: 1000
Percentage: 9
Number / share of public entities supplied: 
Date: August 31, 2015
Number: 95
Percentage: 19
Date: July 30, 2016
Number: 250
Percentage: 55
Types of services:
Definition of standard service: 
The most popular and most likely purchased service is the internet access service with 50 Mbps. This service owes its popularity to a favourable price/speed ratio. By choosing this service the customer pays 13 EUR.
Average price of standard service for households: 
13.00€
Average price of standard service for businesses: 
29.00€
Average price of standard service for PAs: 
15.00€

Financing

Type of sources / instruments: 
70 % EU Funds
Share of sources
Loans: 
20%
Private investments: 
10%
Reuse of revenues to expand coverage: 
Revenues are channelled into future investments as well as current activities of the company, including e.g. deployment of fibre-optic networks, current administrative costs or salaries.

Transferability

Participatory process: 
Within the Multiplay Group, the project has been realized mainly by the companies G-Net and Czarnet and additionally by City-media. With great support and the engagement of local and regional authorities, significant progress was made in the project.
Business model: 
private DBO
Transferability: 
Due to the activities of the Multiplay Group, Opolskie Province, gains rising coverage (in per cents) by the fibre-optic network, enabling access to broadband Internet. Other provinces in Poland, without such sufficiently developed networks can benefit from Multiplay’s experience to attract EU funding learning how to take EU funds reasonably. Multiplay Group is a great example for a smaller company to implement large projects.

Cost reduction measures

Implementation of cost reduction regulation: 
Use of conduits
Laying of conduits
Infrastructure sharing
Alternative construction methods: 
micro trenching
laying in piping systems
aboveground installation

Background

Unique characteristics: 
The implementation of this project makes it possible that a wide area consisting of small towns will be covered with an infrastructure of optical fibres. Therefore EU funding guarantees access to broadband Internet even for those inhabitants, who live in areas where constructing a fibre-optic network would not be financially viable. Attractive terms for access to the network and reasonable monthly fees decrease the level of coverage gaps.
Success factors: 
• great involvement of individual employees who strive to implement the project on the highest level;
• establishing strong cooperation with representative of local authorities who support the implementation of the project on each level;
• intensive campaigns to increase the awareness of local societies for the advantages of broadband Internet.

Project review

Results: 
The project provides access to high-speed internet for inhabitants, who are exposed to digital exclusion merely due to their living place. Thanks to the project, inhabitants of small towns and villages can use broadband Internet with speeds up to 300 Mbit/s, high quality television and fixed telephony.
Short description of added value: 
The project provides access to the fibre-optic network in areas with gaps in broadband coverage („white spots“) thus improving the existing infrastructure, which in turn enhances the attractiveness of each area, improves the living conditions and the opportunities for the local community and signifies a growth in employment opportunities.
Technical potential for expansion: 
It is possible to expand the existing infrastructure in area of towns which currently are not included in the application.