Nokia and the European investment firm Infracapital have won a Polish government tender to deploy and operate Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) fibre infrastructure in rural areas of the country. The fibre networks will be operated on a wholesale open access basis, and will serve more than 400,000 homes and 2,500 schools in 13 regions in central and northern Poland. The contract is part of the government’s Digital Poland 2014-2020 programme, which is partly funded by the EU under its Digital Agenda 2020 initiative. Capital expenditure for the project is expected to be approximately EUR300 million (USD336 million). The first services are expected to be launched on the new networks by third-party retail providers in 2018.
Osvaldo di Campli, head of Global Enterprise & Public Sector at Nokia, said: ‘For many years, Nokia has been a partner to government organisations like Poland’s Ministry of Digital Affairs that are looking to deliver broadband connectivity to citizens, regardless of their location. This exciting project with our partner, Infracapital, will help to ensure that everyone in Poland who wants a high speed internet connection has access to that service. We are proud to play an important role in bridging the digital gap.’