The “Poland’s Most Important Companies” ranking reflects significant trends in contemporary business. Apart from economic indicators, the editorial staff of Rzeczpospolita took into consideration the role played by the company in the social reality – from questions of taxes, to the level and forms of employment, to efforts benefitting local communities, to environmental protection measures. The company’s functioning during the coronavirus epidemic was observed as well, alongside its immunity to market shocks and the measures benefitting its employees and the society in this difficult time.

The “Poland’s Most Important Companies” ranking was compiled in two categories: corporate group and individual company. The laureates were selected by the ranking’s jury composed of acclaimed economists and market analysts. The project is part of the celebrations of the centenary of the Rzeczpospolita daily. It is under the honorary patronage of the Ministry of Development. Besides Emitel, the companies most important for Poland included, among others: PKN Orlen, PGNiG, PGE, PZU, Grupa Azoty, and Jeronimo Martins.

“Thank you very much for the distinction which is awarded in a special year – the year of the hundredth birthday of the Rzeczpospolita daily. It is an honour to be among companies that are key for the future of the Polish economy,” said Andrzej J. Kozłowski, the President of the Management Board of Emitel.

Emitel has been accompanying Poles in their everyday lives for over 50 years. It is responsible for broadcasting terrestrial television and radio signal throughout Poland. It also maintains important wireless communication nodes for many national services and institutions.

Due to the epidemiological situation in the country and across the world, it is key to maintain the continuity of service provision, since television and radio are important communication channels for the authorities and institutions engaged in the fight with the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, and for many Poles, especially seniors, they are the only source of information on important events.

“A distinction from such a prestigious daily as Rzeczpospolita is evidence that Emitel is one of the leaders and an important participant in the economic bloodstream in Poland. It is an award for all the past and present Emitel employees who have been writing the history of this company,” Emitel’s President added.

Emitel’s operations are executed in a fully responsible manner, towards the stakeholders, the business setting – but, most importantly, the environment, the protection of which is the highest priority for the company. The innovative solutions built by Emitel for the Smart Cities, executed in cooperation with local governments, correspond perfectly with this position, for example the installation of sensors for measuring the fill level of trash cans, flood sensors for monitoring the water level in rivers and main drainage ditches, and other sensors that inspect the environment (temperature, noise level, or humidity).

On 2-4 June, Emitel executed the second stage of the 700MHz band refarming. The changes in the terrestrial television programs’ broadcasting band encompassed large areas of Poland. The technically and logistically complex project was being prepared by Emitel for many months. In the last step, over 100 technical crews switched the transmitters to new broadcasting frequencies during late night hours.

According to the decision of the European Parliament concerning the use of the 470-790 MHz frequencies, the 700 MHz band must be cleared to enable the development of the fifth generation network. The 5G network will enable quicker data transmission and development of new, innovative industrial services and solutions. On the conditions of its incorporation is the clearance of the band occupied currently by broadcasters of digital terrestrial television. In agreement with market regulators, the project was planned to be implemented in several stages and will be completed in 2022. The band clearance in June of this year was required due to Poland’s bilateral commitments towards the neighbouring countries.

The change of program broadcasting frequencies implemented in June concerned the broadcasting of the MUX-1, MUX-2, MUX-3 and MUX-4 multiplexers based in 13 voivodeships (Lubuskie, Dolnośląskie, Śląskie, Świętokrzyskie, Zachodniopomorskie, Małopolskie, Podkarpackie, Pomorskie, Warmińsko-Mazurskie, Ppolskie, Wielkopolskie, Mazowieckie, Lubelskie). Earlier, in March of this year, the changes in program broadcasting were implemented in the Zachodniopomorskie voivodeship. The changes do not apply to MUX-8, which is broadcasted in a different band and is not the subject of refarming.

The preparations and execution of the project were performed for many months. Previously such a technically-complex undertaking was executed by our specialists 10 years ago, when the television broadcasting standard was being changed from analogue to digital. I am proud of our engineers and specialists, because despite objective difficulties and restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic the project stage was executed perfectly. Moreover, more than 100 Emitel technical crews have done an extraordinary thing by completing works planned for 3 days in a much shorter time. The interest of the viewer and broadcasters is most important in our activities. That is why the vast majority of the works was executed during late night hours and breaks in TV signal broadcasting were very short” – said Andrzej J. Kozłowski, Chairman of the Board at Emitel S.A.

The entire undertaking and technical design were planned to make the changes least burdensome for the recipients of terrestrial television which is very popular. The viewers affected by the changes in the manner of broadcasting do not have to make any corrections in the settings of their receiver antennae. The broadcasting standard was not changed either, we are still using the DVB-T. After changing the broadcasting frequency, the vast majority of TV receivers or decoders will automatically update the list of TV programs. In the case of older receiver models, it may be necessary for the recipient to repeat the channel search process. It is a simple operation that can be done through the TV settings menu by using a remote control.

From the point of view of the terrestrial television viewers, the change in the broadcasting frequency should not cause major difficulties. The signal broadcasting directions from the Emitel broadcasting facilities have not changed, so it isn’t necessary to adjust the receiver antennae. In most cases, the TV is automatically updating the channels list. The biggest changes have yet to come. In 2022, we will be making further reconnections and there will be a new and better broadcasting standard – the DVB-T2/HEVC. Therefore, if we decide to purchase a new TV receiver, it is worth making sure that it has the correct technical parameters” – said Jerzy Godek, Board Member on Technology at Emitel S.A.

The next stage of the 700Mhz band refarming project is planned for March 2022 and the complete clearance of the 700MHz band will take place before 30 June 2022. At that time, the broadcasting standard will be switched to DVB-T2/HEVC. In comparison to the currently functioning standard, DVB-T2/HEVC enables a more optimal use of the available band. This will enable broadcasting all TV programs in the HD standard. The National Action Plan for the 700 MHz band repurposing in Poland (document developed by the Ministry of Digital Affairs) also assumes the ability to launch new multiplexers. It will therefore be possible to launch new programs and the viewers will be able to receive even ultra-high definition (UHD) imaging.

beginning of 700MHz band refarming process

Between 3 and 4 June 2020 the broadcasting frequencies of terrestrial television channels has changed for Multiplexes 1, 2, 3 and 4. The changes will affect several areas.

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