Description / Explanation
The Digital Poland Project Centre organised calls for proposals in order to cover the whole Polish territory with high speed broadband infrastructure and connect white spots in remote areas. The maximum amount of public funds in these calls for proposals could reach up to EUR 913.5 million. Telecommunication operators were supposed to connect at least 1 125 613 households and 11 612 schools situated all over Poland. Finally, 83 projects were selected, and as a result telecommunication operators will connect all schools located in project areas (11 612) and 1 777 816 households (which is more than 13% of all households and 50% of all white areas in Poland) for EUR 815.5 million of public grants. The schedule is to deliver access to high speed broadband network to schools by 2020 and households by 2021. The project's main aim is to improve territorial cohesion in rural remotes areas. More than 1.7 million households in excluded areas without any prior broadband internet access or poor services will be provided with a high speed network, which will bring new opportunities for communication, work, education and culture in remote areas. More than 68% of all households in project are situated in places with less than 5000 habitants. This project is part of a national e-education programme to promote equal opportunities for all children in Poland and will foster a new style and quality of learning.
31/10/2016 to 11/05/2018
Project submitted by
Digital Poland Project Center
Infrastructure & Service
Infrastructure, technology and architecture
99.004 km of fiber optic network will be built. This network has a technical capacity for step change. With little future investment it can easily give the opportunity to fulfill target for 2025 as gigabit society. The project requirement is to provide 100 Mbps symmetric service to schools, latency requirements is 25 ms, Jiiter 0,5 ms and Packet loos - 0,05 %. The requirements for the households is to provide 100 Mbps download and 20 Mbps upload.
Cost structure and financing sources
Total project cost is approx. EUR 1.400 million, out of which EUR 815,5 million is public contribution and EUR 581 million is private co-financing.
Was the project supported by EU funding?
Sources of EU funding
Project is part-financed by EU funds from the Operational Programme Digital Poland for 2014-2020 (OPDP).
Actors involved and their roles
The main actor is Digital Poland Project Center, a governmental body responsible for implementing Operational Programme Digital Poland 2014-2020 with the supervising Ministry of Digital Affairs and Ministry of Investment and Development. Digital Poland Project Center set up rules and organized call for proposals for financing telecommunication infrastructure. This project was preceded by wide consultations with private telecommunication sector in Poland.
In a very short time (14 months) more than 5.000 schools were connected to high speed internet, the rest of them are supposed to be connected till the end of 2019. A unique criteria for selection of individual projects in the calls for proposals resulted in reduced public contribution from planned 85% to 58%.
Project will cover whole territory of Poland, will connect schools to high speed internet in very short time (14 months to achieve first milestone). Project will also stimulate private investments in these areas in the future, as the telecommunication operators are obliged to provide open access for all third parties to the network created within the project.
Operators will connect 11.612 schools (which is almost 50% of all schools in Poland) and cover 1.777.816 households (more than 13 % of all households in Poland) for EUR 815,5 million of public grants and EUR 581 million of the private funds. First milestone was already achieved at the end of August 2018 and over 5.000 schools were connected. Project is focused on territorial cohesion in rural and remote areas. More than 1,7 million households in excluded areas without any prior broadband internet access or poor services will be provided with high speed network. This will bring new opportunities for communication, work, and development, as more than 68 % of all households in project are situated in places with less than 5.000 habitants. Building a broadband network to schools is a first step to implement a national e-education program. High speed broadband in each school will allow to create a new quality and style of learning.
68% of households covered within the project are situated in places with less than 5.000 habitants. Those are mostly poor and remote areas. Also, local telecommunication operators from medium and small enterprises sector play an important role - they are direct beneficiaries of 20 % of projects. Small and medium operators will also benefit from other projects as the network being built will be open to all third parties. Project will contribute to bringing opportunities for existing and newly created local businesses. Access to high-speed internet will bring profits to inhabitants - enable distance work, distance services, access to e-government services, and what is extremely important - connecting school in those areas will enable to implement national e-education programme and provide children with equal opportunities.