Polish government adopts Act on National Educational Network

Thursday 14 September 2017 | 10:18 CET | News

Following the resolution adopted in June, the Polish government has adopted the Act on the National Educational Network (OSE), aiming to provide all schools throughout the country with connectivity of at least 100 Mbps. The main objective is to eliminate the digital gap. The first schools will be connected to the network in September 2018.

The network will be administered by the research institute NASK, subordinated to the Ministry of Digitisation. Work on the project began in 2016, when the first ever inventory of internet access at educational institutions was conducted. It found that only 23 percent of them had internet access at a minimum of 100 Mbps, and in as many as 40 percent, the internet speed did not exceed 10 Mbps.

The OSE network will be a virtual one, operating on the existing infrastructure of network operators and municipalities. However, where there is no other alternative, the OSE funds will also be used for infrastructure. The project will be financed from the state budget, but action is also being taken to raise funds for the investment under the framework of the Operational Programme Digital Poland (POPC).

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