5G in Poland? Ministry wants things to get moving
The Ministry of Infrastructure is working on legal provisions that will allow for the introduction of 5G internet in Poland. The goal is to have the entire country gain access to high-speed internet. The bill on supporting the development of telecommunications services and networks is currently in the consultations phase. The new law is planned to come into effect at the beginning of 2019.
The most significant of the amendments concern the fees connected with laying optical fibre cables. The Ministry wants the fees for right of way occupancy to be no higher than 20 PLN per square metre per year. In this way, connecting villages and remote areas to telecommunications networks it will become cheaper and more attractive. Moreover, the new law will impose obligation to include telecommunications infrastructure in plans for new roads.
According to government estimates, there are currently over 3.8 million households in Poland that do not have access to high-speed internet. In the upcoming years, this will change. Wanda Buk, Deputy Minister of Digitisation, said the ministry wants this figure to drop by 60% in two years. Polish government wants to finance the shift towards new telecommunications technology through EU’s Digital Europe programme.
5G technology is to foster development of a next generation internet and mobile networks. Ultra-fast internet will allow for the growth of the internet of things, smart cities and self-driving cars. Polish government officials estimate that the new technology will create more than 500 000 new jobs. The first Polish city to become a testing ground for 5G will be Łódź, where the local University of Technology and Ericsson teamed up to work on new telecommunications solutions.
In 2022, 5G technology is to be available commercially in 20 biggest Polish cities across the country selected by Office of Electronic Communications.