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Implementation of „5G for Poland” strategy

The „5G for Poland” strategy proposed by the Ministry of Digital Affairs assumes that in 2025 all urban areas and main transport routes will be covered by the reach of the new network.

5 years before this, by the end of 2020, a network operating on a commercial basis is to be launched in one big city.

– It is visible the pace of works is not staggering and the subject still requires a lot of work, including legislative one. The goal is to prepare the ground for large investments that will bring many benefits to our economy – Grzegorz Kubiak, the head of the R&D department in OPTOMER indicates. – On the other hand, 5-7 years is not such a long time for a broadband service provider.

Speed and quality of 5G implementation

The process of introducing 5G technology, however, is not limited to the density of base stations. The strategy requires many other, far-reaching changes. Before the well-functioning 5G network is built, a well-developed FTTH infrastructure must be created.

– It will not be the matter of putting some additional masts or antennas on roofs. For 5G technology the full concept of the network must be changed – Grzegorz Kubiak points out – We enter the era/philosophy of small cell – micro, pico or femto.
Fortunately, there is still time to prepare for the coming 5G technology. The deadlines set by the Ministry of Digital Affairs will not help to create fully working networks overnight but may increase the interest in broadband services. Moreover, the aforementioned strategy emphasizes the need to achieve the goal in a cost-effective manner. It means limiting the construction of infrastructure in places where it is already built.

5G vs. FTTH

Having an extensive FTTH network in the operating area, one has a direct impact on the conditions on which 5G will appear. Fibre networks, like no other medium, deal with bandwidth limitations related to the distance. Radio technology, through its limitations, will be condemned to the use of fibre networks.

Making optical fibres available to the 5G network does not have to limit the competitiveness of the supplier’s offer, because these technologies can share the medium.

In the end, it is worth noting that the time for reaction is now. The fact the 5G needs a fibre optic does not mean it will not reach where the optical fibre is currently not present. If the optical fibre appears only for the purpose of providing 5G services, the probability of standing out with a “cable” offer drastically decreases. This chance should not be missed.