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Poland - Fixed Broadband Market - Statistics and Analyses

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Last updated: 15 May 2020 Update History

Report Pages: 52

Synopsis

Poland’s fixed broadband market has benefited from excellent cross-platform competition, with comprehensive DSL infrastructure complemented by extensive cable networks and a growing fibre presence. Commercial considerations meant that fibre was for some years restricted to a number of urban areas, though more recently the sector has received considerable financial support from the government and the European Union. This support is aimed at building fibre-based networks across the country (particularly in eastern areas) and promoting fibre connectivity to end-users. As a result, the proportion of broadband subscribers receiving a service of at least 100Mb/s has increased sharply in recent years.

Orange Poland dominates the fixed broadband market although regulatory measures have improved wholesale market access. Consequently, the incumbent’s market share of the DSL sector has fallen, while its overall share (including mobile broadband connections) accounts for about a third of the market.

Market consolidation was anticipated with the proposed acquisition by Liberty Global of the cable assets of Multimedia Polska. Although this deal was cancelled in early 2018, Vectra completed the merger in early 2020, subject to some regulatory conditions which will see the company retreat from several markets. For a period the two operators will continue to provide services under their separate banners.

This report profiles Poland’s fixed broadband market, including a review of the key market players, statistics and technology platforms, and an assessment of recent market developments. It also includes subscriber forecasts to 2025.

Key developments:

  • Poland may fail to reach 2020 broadband targets given high cost of network rollouts;
  • Vectra and Toya launch 1Gb/s FttP services;
  • Regulator introduces new rules governing wholesale access to the cable networks;
  • Vectra completes merger with Multimedia;
  • UPC Poland expands 1Gb/s cable services based on DOCSIS3.1;
  • Netia and Orange Poland head fibre-based consortia to extend broadband nationally;
  • National broadband infrastructure investment program completed;
  • Report update includes the regulator’s market data reports, State Statistics data for 2018, telcos’ operating and financial data to Q1 2020, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

UPC Poland, Orange Poland (Telekomunikacja Polska), Netia, Aster, Multimedia Polska, Vectra, Telefonia Dialog, Polkomtel.

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