Digital Poland programme gets underway

18 Mar 2015

Poland’s Ministry of Administration and Digitisation (Ministerstwo Administracji i Cyfryzacji – MAC) has announced that it has begun the operational phase of its ‘Digital Poland’ programme, under which it hopes to provide at least 30Mbps internet speeds to every Polish household by 2020. Internet access is currently available to around 74% of households, with three-quarters of these able to get download speeds of at least 10Mbps; only around 4% of lines currently have bandwidth of 30Mbps or greater. A report from local website Media2 says that the first batch of tenders for the Digital Poland project have already been announced, with the MAC overseeing the deployment of 45,000km of fibre network nationwide to support the new broadband services. PLN10 billion (USD2.56 billion) has been allocated to the rollout, with four-fifths of this coming from European Union (EU) funds.