Poland - Fixed Broadband Market - Statistics and Analyses
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 to about 78%, while its overall share (including mobile broadband connections) stands at 32%.
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 later in the year announced plans to merge with Multimedia, though this deal has raised concerns about the effect on competition in both the pay TV and broadband markets in a number of cities across the country.
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 2023.
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’s plan to merge with Multimedia receives competition scrutiny;
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 2017 market data, State Statistics data to 2017, telcos’ operating and financial data to Q1 2019, recent market developments.