Fibre-optic broadband paves the way for next generation internet access

Major investment in ICT is leading to an increased access to broadband infrastructure in the Polish region of Mazowieckie.

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Fibre-optic broadband based on Next Generation Access (NGA) technology is being rolled out across the Mazovia region. The goal of the project is to provide private individuals and companies with access to high-speed internet services, putting an end to the so-called "digital divide". This will remove existing barriers to competing for business in the digital economy, meet the goals of the EU's growth agenda, and provide new business opportunities. Approximately 1 214 000 individuals and 200 small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) will benefit from access to broadband internet.

Greatly improved infrastructure

The construction of the core and distribution networks will comply with the principles of openness and technological neutrality, meaning that the network will be available to all operators and will not be biased towards a particular technology.

Once completed, the project will have constructed 42 core network nodes and 4 technical nodes. This will in turn supply 308 network distribution nodes over a length of 3 640 km, using around 5 075 km of fibre-optic cable.

The provision of these services and maintenance of the network will be awarded to an Infrastructure Operator, appointed by the provincial government on a lease basis.

An estimated 71 jobs will be created during the implementation phase, with a further 61 to follow once the project is completed.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “Internet for Mazovia” is EUR 122 593 161, of which the EU’s European Regional Development Fund is contributing EUR 84 722 286 from the Operational Programme “Regional Operation Programme for Mazovia 2007-2013” for the 2007 to 2013 programming period. Work falls under the priority axis "Accelerating the e-development of Mazovia."

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