Polish watchdog eases broadband regulation in 76 municipalities

9 Oct 2014

Poland’s Office of Electronic Communications (UKE) has decided to ease the regulation of wholesale broadband internet access services in 76 municipalities across the country as it says there is now sufficient competition in these markets. The watchdog conducted an analysis of the competitive situation in all 3,000 municipalities nationwide and found that in the vast majority of these the incumbent operator Orange Polska (formerly Telekomunikacja Polska) still retains a dominant position and will therefore be subject to ongoing regulation to help promote healthy competition.

In the 76 de-regulated markets, however, UKE found that the internet sector had met four key conditions: Orange’s retail broadband market share was below 40%; the area had at least three active broadband internet service providers (ISPs); over 65% of premises had access to the infrastructure of at least three competing operators; more than 90% of premises had access to at least one broadband service. UKE says lifting the regulation on Orange will encourage the incumbent to increase investments in its broadband infrastructure. Poland was home to more than 5.6 million high speed internet subscribers at the end of June 2014, according to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database.