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UPC Poland to extend its reach by half via open fibre initiative

Liberty Global-owned cable operator UPC Polska is to tap the country’s Digital Poland initiative (Operacyjnego Polska Cyfrowa) to extend its reach over fibre-to-the-home to new areas across Poland, extending its reach by an additional 1.7 million homes, the company has announced.

The operator is tapping the open fibre initiative supported by Digital Poland funding that is being led by Fiberhost, a subsidiary of rival cable operator Inea.

UPC, which currently reaches 3.5 million homes across the country, said it aims to reach the additional 1.7 million homes targeted by 2023-24.

The move has already taken the operator, which some years ago attempted to expand its reach via an aborted merger with Multimedia Polska, to three new regions: Wielkopolska, Lublin and Lower Silesia. UPC is current offering broadband services in the three regions or voivodships and plans to launch TV services in these markets within the next few weeks.

Customers in new markets targeted by the operator will be able to sign up to four high-speed internet services offering download speeds of 100Mbps, 300Mbps, 600Mbps and 1Gbps with a Connect Box modem for PLN49.99 (€11), PLN59.99, PLN69.99 and PLN79.99 respectively.

Customers will also be able to sign up for one of the operator’s TV Go service packages: HBO Go, Polsat Sport Premium or Polsat Sport Premium + Eleven Sport Premium, as well as its Filmklub offering.

The operator is also offering mobile packages alongside fast internet access with discounts available.