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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.

Emitel upholds the principles of responsibility towards the environment, its stakeholders and the business environment. Therefore, to celebrate the World Bee Day, the Company decided to join forces with Roi Się, which promotes and supports Polish apiaries, ensuring that its community can benefit from the gifts of nature. 

As part of this collaboration, Emitel will be the patron of its own beehive, inhabited by 60,000 bees. Emitel’s employees will have the opportunity to visit their bees, as well as volunteer in this special place. The cooperation is aimed at strengthening the green attitudes, thus increasing engagement in growing the population of bees, which only live in a healthy environment. Emitel will also take advantage of natural products of the apiary to promote bee protection by sharing occasional gifts with Company stakeholders. 

World Bee Day, which is celebrated on 20 May, was established by the UN on the initiative of Slovenia, which wanted to highlight the importance of bees for food supply and also pointed out that the use of pesticides in agriculture kills these helpful insects. The available data show that there are nearly 470 bee species in Poland, the most famous of which is the honeybee; however, other plants are pollinated by various other insects. This means that in order to ensure the security of the food supply, we need to take care of the biodiversity of pollinating insects.

According to ecologists, the main threat to bees is the loss of habitats – their food and breeding base, resulting from changes in land use. The growing area of cities and cultivated areas, dense land development and frequent mowing of lawns and meadows are only some of the changes that make life harder for these animals. Agriculture intensification, excessive or incorrect use of plant protection products and fertilisers, pathogens, invasive species, environmental pollution and climate change also affect bee welfare. It is estimated that in Poland the work of bees is worth over 4 billion PLN annually, and if it weren’t for these insects, we would have to forget about numerous fruit and vegetables, and cope with much lower yields of other crops.

 

The pair of peregrine falcons living in a nest on the tower belonging to Emitel S.A. in Dobra near Nowogard (West Pomeranian Voivodeship) have become parents – on 1 and 2 May, the first two young hatched.

If all goes well, they should be joined by the third any minute. Emitel employees participated in a competition to name the adult falcons. The results of the contest have been announced and the falcons have been named Emilka and Grześ.

Emitel has made space available for a nest on its premises in Dobra, financed cameras and is carrying out online transmissions. The “Falcon” Society for Wild Animals installed the nest. The daily life of the falcon family can be watched live on the website of the “Falcon” Society, which takes care of the birds, at: http://peregrinus.pl/dobra.

“We are glad that by cooperating with the “Falcon” Association we can contribute to the growth of the population of peregrine falcons, which is an endangered species. In the company, we call Grześ and Emilka and their chicks ‘our falcons’ because we are very committed to this initiative,” said Grzegorz Dwórnik, Product Manager at Emitel S.A., who is coordinating the project.

In the first few days after the young falcons have hatched, the male will provide them and the female with food. Later, when the chicks are more independent, the female will also go hunting. After about 3 weeks the chicks will be ringed by members of the “Falcon” Society. At the age of 5–6 weeks, the young falcons will start learning to fly.

“Almost all pairs of falcons out of the dozen or so that can be viewed live on our website have welcomed offspring this season. We hope that this will be another successful breeding season,” said Sławomir Sielicki, President of the “Falcon” Society for Wild Animals.

Emitel also supports transmission from the Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw, where falcons have been nesting since 1998. The Warsaw falcon pair, Giga and Franek, have three chicks this year, which hatched a week before the young falcons in Dobra. The camera view is available under the link http://peregrinus.pl/pl/warszawa-pkin-podglad-z-warszawy.

More info:

Agnieszka Sobucka

PR Manager, Spokesperson

mobile: +48 507 710 701

e-mail: Agnieszka.Sobucka@emitel.pl

 

Sławomir Sielicki

President of the “Falcon” Society for Wild Animals

mobile: +48 608 36 56 46

e-mail: falco@peregrinus.pl

Emitel, the largest operator of terrestrial radio and television infrastructure in Poland and a partner of Legia Warszawa football club since 2018, has provided substantive and financial support for the largest aid campaign for senior citizens organised in Warsaw.

#READYTOHELP is the first comprehensive support campaign in Warsaw, which provides actual and direct assistance to seniors during the epidemic. The participants of the campaign include top companies operating on the Polish market, as well as institutions, social organisations, public figures and individuals, who operate out of Legia Stadium. The multifaceted support activities include launching a free helpline for seniors – 800 919 160, co-financing and delivering meals for senior citizens, grocery shopping, offering technological support, assistance related to telecommunications, computers and using the Internet, and a Talk Line.

Emitel, who has been Legia Warszawa’s technological partner since 2018, decided to join the project. On hybrid TV channel 89, terrestrial television recipients can watch the content and media presented by the club, training matches and reports from the most important events in the life of the club.

The COVID-19 pandemic is not only an enormous business challenge, but also a test in social responsibility. That is why we decided to join the #READYTOHELP campaign organised by Legia Warszawa football club, which provides help for seniors and people in need during the pandemic. The involvement of Emitel is the best proof of the company’s social sensitivity and our willingness to always help those in need, said Andrzej J. Kozłowski, President of the Management Board of Emitel S.A. We support the campaign financially, we also offer substantive support, with our call centre specialists providing knowledge and information concerning receiving TV and radio signal. We also encouraged our Staff to take part in volunteering activities connected with the #READYTOHELP campaign. We are all more or less affected by the restrictions introduced due to the epidemic, but I encourage everybody to join in helping those in need, President Kozłowski added.

The #READYTOHELP campaign is organised under the auspices of the Capital City of Warsaw and Voivode of Mazovia.

#READYTOHELP

Website: gotowidopomocy.pl

Helpline number: 800 919 160

Contact: gotowidopomocy@legia.pl

E-mail address for partners: gotowidopomocypartnerzy@legia.pl

E-mail address for volunteers: wolontariat@fundacjalegii.pl

 

 

Once again, the Responsible Business Forum has presented its “Responsible Business in Poland. Good Practices” report, which is the most comprehensive CSR review in Poland, with a record number of responsible business activities featured.

In total, the 2019 report contains 1696 practices reported by 214 companies. Good CSR practices implemented by Emitel have been included in this publication once again.

2019 can be considered a year of the natural environment, and the latest “Responsible Business in Poland. Good Practices” report proves this. We have recorded a noticeable increase in the number of ‘environmental’ practices despite the cap on the number of new activities that can be reported. Companies opt for environmental solutions because this has become a key topic for a wide range of stakeholders. This is a positive change that we believe companies will continue to drive. Naturally, the first quarter of 2020 has shown that business is facing further, urgent challenges in the social domain. The crises related to the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus pandemic has proven that companies can respond quickly, providing help and support. (…).However, environmental issues are equally important – it is essential that they are not marginalised. The greatest test for corporate responsibility of businesses and confirmation that sustainable development is actually in their DNA is yet to come. However, constraint is often – especially in business – an impulse for exceptional creativity and coming up with solutions that respond to social, economic and environmental needs across a range of dimensions. Small organisations or start-ups are not the only example here. We profoundly believe that you will find a reflection of such practices in our next – 2020 report. Before this happens, please read and look for inspiration in the 2019 Report”, says Marzena Strzelczak, General Director of Responsible Business Forum.

Download a PDF version of the report >> http://odpowiedzialnybiznes.pl/publikacje/raport-2019/

In its latest social engagement report, Emitel sums up the key events in the area of activities undertaken in the field of environmental protection, corporate social responsibility and corporate governance.

Emitel conducts its business in a responsible manner. In its daily operations and strategic plans, the company combines the pursuit of business objectives with actions that respond to the diverse needs of all stakeholder groups – customers, employees, business partners, shareholders and local communities. The way the company operates on a daily basis and the principles it upholds are described in the 2019 Social Involvement Report, which is now available for you to read at your leisure.

The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic is an enormous business challenge for many companies. But that’s not all. Just like patients, who are tested for the virus, companies around the world are currently undergoing a social responsibility test. These moments of the most difficult trials verify our empathy and willingness to help. I am convinced that Emitel has been passing this test, taking place in such exceptional circumstances. I encourage you to read the report in which we present our activities in the Environmental, Social, and Governance areas undertaken last year. I would also like to take this opportunity to wish you all a lot of health and perseverance, as well as joyful, warm and peaceful Easter. Let us spend that time in a responsible manner and stay home,” said Andrzej J. Kozłowski, President of the Management Board of Emitel S.A.

Emitel is one of the top Polish companies in terms of corporate social responsibility, as evidenced by the numerous awards and distinctions received by the company. The year 2019 was particularly abundant in various awards from institutions, which have appreciated our work. These include the distinction in the 42nd edition of the CSR Report, Human Capital Investor Award, Employee-Friendly Employer Award, Human Resource Management Leader Award, Trustworthy Employer Award and the Investor in Human Capital emblem. This focus also results in very high scores in the GRESB Survey, in which Emitel has been participating for a number of years now, which is also reflected in the report.

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On the occasion of the International Bird Day, which falls on 1 April, Emitel encourages you to watch a live broadcast from a peregrine falcon nest located on a tower in Dobra near Nowogard (West Pomeranian Voivodeship), which belongs to the company. Now is the best time to watch, as a pair of falcons are preparing to raise their young. At present, there are three eggs in the nest, from which young falcons should hatch after about 4 weeks. The falcons are under the care and supervision of the “Falcon” Society for Wild Animals, which has established a nest for them on a tower in Dobra as part of an EU grant. For the time being, the falcons have not accepted the target nest, but they are using a temporary one, additionally installed by the Society. A live preview is available on the Society’s website at http://peregrinus.pl/dobra.

Emitel has made space available for a nest for a pair of falcons on its premises in Dobra, has financed cameras and is carrying out online broadcasts. We are happy to work with the “Falcon” Society and engage in such activities, because we are not indifferent to the fate of endangered bird species”, said Andrzej Kozłowski, President of the Management Board of Emitel S.A. “We have begun talks with the association with a view to using our other facilities, located all over the country, in terms of nesting this protected bird species”, he added.

Emitel also supports broadcasts from the Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw, where falcons have been nesting since 1998. Here, falcons are also waiting for hatchlings, and the female has laid 4 eggs. The camera view is available at http://peregrinus.pl/pl/warszawa-pkin-podglad-z-warszawy.

International Bird Day, established by the ratification of the International Convention for the Protection of Birds Useful to Agriculture of 19 March 1902, has been celebrated annually since 1906. Its aim is to draw attention to the dangers faced by birds and to encourage people to get involved in their protection. Poland joined the convention in 1932.

The peregrine falcon is one of the rarest species in Poland. Peregrine falcons became extinct in our country in the 1960s as a result of pollution of the environment – and thus their food – with pesticides, mainly DDT, used in agriculture. Since the 1990s, we have been working to restore the peregrine falcon species. Currently, there are over 40 breeding pairs in Poland, and we hope that there will be more of them every year. Thanks to falcon lovers and companies supporting us, such as Emitel, you can now watch a dozen or so pairs of falcons live”, said Sławomir Sielicki, President of the “Falcon” Society for Wild Animals.

On the night from 29 to 30 March 2020 (from Sunday to Monday) the broadcasting frequencies of terrestrial television channels will change for Multiplexes 1 and 4. The changes will affect the areas of Białogard and Koszalin only.

The broadcasting frequency change will apply only to broadcasts on Multiplex One (MUX-1) and Multiplex Four (MUX-4) in Zachodniopomorskie Province. The switchover will take place on the night from 29 to 30 March 2020 between 0000 hrs and 0500 hrs. The requirement to change the broadcasting frequencies arises from the 700 MHz band refarming project currently under implementation across Poland. The signal will be transferred from channel 45 to 21 (MUX-1) and from channel 40 to 28 (MUX-4) respectively.

MUX-1 includes broadcasts of the following programmes: TVP ABC, EskaTV, TTV, Polo TV, ATM Rozrywka, TV Trwam, StopklatkaTV, FokusTV. Information on broadcasts available on MUX-4 is available on Cyfrowy Polsat’s website.

Viewers affected by the broadcasting changes are not required to make any changes in their receiver antenna settings. Once the changes are complete, most TV sets should update their TV channel lists automatically. However, for some TV sets it may be necessary for the user to retune the channels manually. It is a simple operation that can be carried out in the TV set’s settings menu with the use of a remote control.

The MUX-1 broadcasting range of Emitel’s broadcast facility “RTCN Białogard/Sławoborze” covers the following municipalities: Barwice, Będzino, Białogard, Biesiekierz, Bobolice, Brojce, Brzeźno, Czaplinek, Dobra, Drawsko – Pomorskie, Dygowo, Golczewo, Gościno, Gryfice, Grzmiąca, Ińsko, Kamień Pomorski, Karlino, Karnice, Kołobrzeg, Koszalin, Łobez, Manowo, Maszewo, Mielno, Nowogard, Ostrowice, Płoty, Połczyn-Zdrój, Przybiernów, Rąbino, Radowo Małe, Resko, Rewal, Ryman, Siemył, Sławoborze, Świdwin, Świerzno, Świeszyno, Trzebiatów, Tychowo, Ustronie Morskie, Węgorzyno and Złocieniec.

– From the perspective of terrestrial TV viewers in Zachodniopomorskie Province, the broadcasting frequency change is unlikely to cause any major problems. The broadcast directions will not change, so it will not be required to readjust the receiver antenna settings. Most TV sets will automatically update their channel lists. Only a small number of TV sets will have to be retuned manually, said Jerzy Godek, a Management Board Member and Chief Technology Officer at Emitel S.A.

The so-called “700 MHz band refarming” is an operation that involves transferring terrestrial television multiplexes from the 694–790 MHz band to a lower 470–694 MHz band due to the requirement for EU Member States to free up the 700 MHz band for mobile operators (5G services). The changes are compliant with the Ordinance of the President of the Office of Electronic Communications of 17 January 2020 on the frequency utilisation plan for the 470-790 MHz band.

Information on the changes is available on Emitel’s website. The current broadcasting station parameters can be found at www.emitel.pl/strefa-klienta/odbior-rtv/sprawdz-parametry-emisji/ and in the EmiMaps application at www.emitel.pl/strefa-klienta/odbior-rtv/aplikacja-emimaps/

 

Emitel has signed a loan agreement with a consortium of six banks, under which it secured its financing of PLN 1.5 billion, with an option to increase to PLN 1.6 billion upon certain conditions. The loan was granted by a group of banks supporting the Company, ensuring most favorable conditions could be achieved.

The loan will be used to repay the debt resulting from the loan agreement signed in 2016 and, depending on the Company’s requirements, to finance operating activities of the Company and the investments related to Emitel’s development plans. The contract was concluded for 3.5 years. Closing (release of funds) will take place in the near future, following the satisfaction of the conditions precedent.

Our usual approach is to refinance credit liabilities duly in advance, and today’s agreement continues this policy. We have obtained optimal conditions for the Company, and ensured a stable source of financing for our business. I thank all the financing banks for their trust and positive assessment of our long-term business assumptions,”-  said Aleksander Skołożyński, Emitel’s Management Board Member and CFO.

The loan is denominated in PLN and its interest rate was determined on the basis of the base rate plus a margin. The remaining terms of the loan are also in line with market conditions.

In the coming years, Emitel will have to carry out a large-scale refarming project of the 700Mhz band, and change the broadcasting standard to DVB-T2. In addition, the Company intends to further invest in the telecommunications infrastructure, in particular for mobile operators in connection with the planned development of the 5G network in Poland. Therefore, ensuring stable financing of Company’s operations for the coming years is key,” – said Jim Metcalfe, Managing Partner of Alinda Capital Partners, and Member of the Supervisory Board of Emitel.

The consortium of banks with which the agreement was signed comprised Bank Handlowy w Warszawie S.A., Bank Pekao S.A., DNB Bank ASA, DNB Bank Polska S.A. (acting also as the agent), PKO Bank Polski S.A. and Société Générale.

About EMITEL

EMITEL S.A., a company belonging to the American fund Alinda Capital Partners, is the largest terrestrial radio and television infrastructure operator in Poland. For over 50 years, thanks to Emitel, television and radio signals can be received in all Polish homes. In addition to services for television and radio broadcasters, Emitel offers altitude infrastructure for mobile operators, designs, and installs modern wireless communication systems, participates in the creation of smart cities, and is involved in the preparations for the construction of 5G networks in Poland.