TP, Alcatel-Lucent and Hawe assist Polish government

23 Aug 2011

Polish telco Telekomunikacja Polska (TP) has signed a cooperation agreement with equipment suppliers Hawe and Alcatel-Lucent (AL) to develop broadband infrastructure in Poland. The three will be working to end the ‘digital divide’ in Poland, particularly in the east of the country. As part of the EU’s European Digital Agenda Poland was granted EUR1.5 billion (USD2.16 billion) for the development of infrastructure between 2007 and 2013, EUR300 million of which was for a project dubbed ‘broadband network for eastern Poland’. The EU scheme hopes to see every household in Europe capable of a broadband connection by 2013, with speeds of at least 30Mbps available to all by 2020. The role of TP, Hawe and AL is to put at the government’s disposal their collective ‘technological assets, professional experience in the telecommunications sector….and knowledge of the Polish market’. The first step will be to devise strategies for the allocation of EU funds, addressing the needs of Eastern Poland’s regions and the implementation of individual developments including the specifics of network design, construction and operation. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, in March 2011 Poland had 5.36 million broadband users, representing household penetration of 38.2%.