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Further deregulation by UKE – Great news for customers – Increased competition and higher service quality

 

Today, we received decision of the Office of Electronic Communications (UKE), which lifts regulatory obligations from Orange Polska in almost twice as many communes as has been the case to date, namely 151 versus 76. We were notified that the deregulation would cover bit-stream access (BSA) across all the communes and local loop unbundling (LLU) in 51 of them.

We consider that a wise decision for both customers and the market. We are glad that the regulator has made a bold move from obsolete regulations to pure competition, where operators are competing for customers through investments, service quality and prices. Our optimism is purely pragmatic. Since 2014, when the regulator effected the first major deregulation, investments in high-speed Internet have skyrocketed. Orange Polska alone has spent PLN 2.6 billion on fibre and by now we have almost 4 million apartments, houses and businesses within the reach of our fibre-to-the-home service. Such huge investments would not have happened without deregulation.

In view of the positive effects of the phasing out of regulations, one cannot but observe that it is the perfect market motivator. In the deregulated areas operators tend to offer better services at highly competitive prices. The best example is Warsaw and our competition against cable TV operators. One promotional offer is immediately followed by another (PLN 49 per month for our 300 Mbps fibre service), customers are pampered, and investments seem to have no end. In the wake of UKE’s latest decision, the number of such areas in Poland may substantially increase

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