Mapping broadband coverage in Poland

Broadband Coverage in Europe in 2012 - 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 Point Topic shows Poland is now over 44% towards achieving that aim.

National coverage by broadband technology

At the end of 2012, Poland was behind the European Union averages for all the technology combination measures. Its standard fixed broadband coverage was the lowest in the study, and rural standard fixed coverage was second lowest after Slovenia.

Poland broadband coverage by technology combination

Poland broadband coverage by technology combination – BCE 2012

The technology profile for Poland shows that DSL is responsible for the shortfall in standard fixed broadband coverage. Just over 60% of households were estimated to be able to access DSL services at the end of 2012. Standard cable coverage was reasonable at over 32%, but this network mostly overlaps with the DSL network and cable added only 9% to standard fixed-line coverage. Unlike elsewhere in Eastern Europe, Poland’s WiMAX and FTTP networks are limited and do not help to fill the coverage gap.

On the other hand, the roll-out of VDSL increased rapidly in 2012 and over 40% of the network had been upgraded by the end of the year. These services complemented the deployment of Docsis 3 and overall NGA services were available to nearly 45% of households. But there was very little coverage of the most rural households in Poland, and we estimate that less than 1% of households were able to access NGA services at the end of 2012.

Poland’s LTE network doubled in size in 2012 and could provide services to half of all Polish households by the end of the year.

Poland total broadband coverage by technology

Poland total broadband coverage by technology – BCE 2012

Poland rural broadband coverage by technology

Poland rural broadband coverage by technology – BCE 2012

Regional coverage by broadband technology

Standard fixed broadband coverage was nearly completed in some of Poland’s most urban cities, including Warsaw, Poznan, Kraków and Lódz. Outside of these areas and in most of Poland, coverage fell beneath 75%. In the country’s most rural region, Sandomiersko-jędrzejowski, we reported the lowest standard fixed broadband coverage of any area in the study. Indeed, many of Poland’s NUTS 3 areas have the lowest coverage levels reported within the whole study.

NGA services also favour the most urban centres, and in general the areas with the highest standard fixed broadband coverage also had the highest NGA coverage. This makes sense in a country where most NGA services are delivered through the telephone and cable networks and the FTTP networks are limited.

Poland standard broadband coverage map

Poland standard broadband coverage map

Poland NGA broadband coverage map

Poland NGA broadband coverage map

Data tables for Poland

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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