Mapping broadband coverage in Poland

Broadband Coverage in Europe in 2011 - key results for Poland

One of the European Union’s most ambitious targets is to make sure that all its citizens can get access to superfast broadband at home, if they choose, by 2020. A new study by broadband specialists Point Topic shows Poland is now over 37% towards achieving that aim.

Download report – Broadband Coverage in Europe in 2011 – Poland

National coverage by broadband technology – Poland

Poland broadband coverage by technology combination - BCE 2011

Poland broadband coverage by technology combination – BCE 2011

Poland is one of the most rural countries in the study, with 39% of the population living in communities with less than 100 persons per square kilometre.  This together with its size, variety and economic history means that the country faces a major challenge in creating its broadband infrastructure.

At present Poland is behind the European averages on all the technology combination measures.  The study found the lowest values for Total and Rural Standard Coverage of all the study countries, at 72% and 28% respectively.  On the other hand, Total NGA Coverage compares well with some of the biggest European countries, as does mobile broadband taking HSPA and LTE together.

Poland superfast broadband coverage map

Poland superfast broadband coverage map

Poland is bringing all the NGA technologies into play to leapfrog the shortfall in standard coverage.  The cable networks cover one-third of the country and are over 90% upgraded to Docsis 3.  VDSL rollout is starting to become significant although FTTP is still at an early stage.  Poland is also one of the Eastern European leaders in creating an LTE network, here estimated to cover 25% of the population.

Little of this investment has spread over into rural areas as yet.  DSL coverage is very low and although there is some WiMAX its availability is limited.  A high proportion of rural homes in Poland do not have a terrestrial broadband service available, although there is KA-band coverage by satellite.

Regional coverage by technology combinations

Standard broadband coverage in Poland varies hugely.  The capital and some of the big cities and their regions (Warsaw, Poznan, Gdansk) enjoy 100%.  Other cities and their surrounding regions, particularly in the south and west, range down to 77%.  But large areas of rural Poland, 42 of the country’s 66 NUTS 3 areas, have less than 75% coverage, ranging down to less than 45% in the south-east and the north-east.

To some extent NGA coverage offsets this pattern.  It is also highest in the big cities, specifically Warsaw and Gdansk with 97% coverage, and Poznan, Szczezin, Lodz and Krakow all with over 75%.  But 16 more rural NUTS 3 areas, including some in the north and east, have NGA coverage between 35% and 60%.  All the remaining 44 provinces have some NGA availability, ranging down to as low as 9%.

Data tables for Poland

Demographics

Statistic National
Population 38,115,641
Persons per household 2.8
Rural proportion 38.7%

Coverage by technology

Technology Total Rural
DSL 64.2% 26.7%
VDSL 11.7% 0.0%
FTTP 2.2% 0.0%
WiMAX 4.4% 2.5%
Standard cable 32.6% 0.2%
Docsis 3 cable 30.3% 0.0%
HSPA 90.0% 76.2%
LTE 25.0% 0.0%
Satellite 100.0% 100.0%
Standard Combination 72.2% 28.1%
NGA Combination 37.1% 0.0%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Find out more

Point Topic maps broadband coverage in every square kilometre across Europe. For more details, please visit the Broadband Competition Map of Europe page or contact Tim Johnson at tim.johnson@point-topic.com or telephone +44(0)20 3301 3303.

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