Polish cablecos support investment

December 7, 2012 00.51 Europe/London By Chris Dziadul

Cable operators in Poland have asked to be allowed to continue investing in order to help the country meet the goals of the digital agenda.

Quoted by Puls Biznesu, Simon Boyd, the president of UPC Polska, said that operators currently invest 25% of their revenues, which is a much higher total than telcos.

The latter would like to see operators regulated in the same way as they are and this could indeed become the case should a new telecom law, giving greater powers to the Office of Electronic Communication (UKE), reach the statute book.

Boyd criticised Orange Polska for having failed to invest when it was in a favourable market position.

Now, it is trying to impose more regulation on competitors rather than put more money into its own networks.

Boyd also identified Google, Netflix and HBO as threats to Polandís cable industry in a few years time unless it too invests.