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Emitel has opened its modernised and overhauled Network Management Centre in Krakow, equipped with a state-of-the-art display wall, as well as advanced diagnostic and dispatching tools, which support our experts and enable better control of the supervised systems, as well as better management of alerts. The broadcasting station located at the facility, broadcasting TV and radio signals for the residents of Krakow, has also been renovated and modernised. The broadcasting tower standing at more than 60 metres tall was equipped with LED lighting, enabling multi-colour illuminations.

The Krakow centre is the heart of the supervision over Emitel’s infrastructure installed throughout the country, monitoring the continuity and reliability of television and radio broadcasting systems, as well as the operation of communication systems used for the purposes of national security and broadcasting to more than four hundred Emitel at eight facilities located throughout Poland. The work of dispatching services is supported by state-of-the-art IT tools, thanks to which dispatchers can check the working conditions of all elements of the Emitel network at any time.

“Thanks to Emitel’s infrastructure, TV and radio broadcasters can reach audiences and listeners with their auditions and broadcasts in every corner of Poland. The reliability of services and continuity of terrestrial digital terrestrial television and radio broadcasting is ensured by the experts working at the Network Management Centre, who need modern monitoring tools to do their job. Emitel’s staff also oversee wireless communication, a crucial element of our everyday life, used to ensure safety of our citizens,” said Andrzej Kozłowski, President of the Management Board of Emitel, during the official opening of the centre.

The Emitel Network Management Centre works 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and is staffed with experts who react to any alerts about irregularities and potential failures in the network. The centre also dispatches maintenance workers located throughout Poland. Immediately after receiving the dispatch, Emitel’s experts carry out the required field work, regardless of weather conditions and time of day. Krakow’s Network Management Centre is also responsible for running analyses to eliminate repeated failures or reduce them to a minimum in future. For some time now, the company has been using advanced artificial intelligence algorithms for this purpose.

Emitel’s Krakow facility broadcast TVP1 and TVP2, as well as a number of radio stations for the residents of Krakow. During the overhaul, the broadcasting tower, which is well-visible from many tourist spots and destinations in Krakow, was equipped with a modern LED lighting. The multi-colour illumination will be turned on after dark and will become an attractive light point on the tourist map of Krakow. Emitel will also use the facility in Krakow to further develop Smart Cities services and Internet of Things solutions.

“High quality and reliability of our services are our top priorities. This is why, aside from the development investments carried out throughout Poland, we do not neglect upgrading and overhauling existing infrastructure, including key facilities – such as our monitoring centre. In our activities, we focus particularly on sustainable development and we make every effort to create added value for the environment. After the upgrade and overhaul, the illuminated tower at Krzemionki will make the landscape of Krakow even more attractive than before,” said Andrzej Kozłowski, President of the Management Board of Emitel.

Emitel, a subsidiary of Alinda Capital Partners, is the largest operator of terrestrial radio and television infrastructure in Poland. For more than 50 years, Emitel has been making sure that television and radio signals can be received in all Polish homes. Apart from services for television and radio broadcasters, Emitel offers at height infrastructure for mobile operators, designs and installs modern wireless communication systems, participates in the development of smart cities and gets involved in the preparation for the construction of 5G network in Poland.

Emitel published a new edition of the company’s report on corporate social responsibility. The document presents the most important projects and initiatives undertaken by Emitel in 2018. The number of Emitel’s social and green initiatives is systematically growing and the Company continuously implements new ideas.

Emitel’s high-rise facilities are spread all over the country, which is why the company pays particular attention to the care for the people and the natural environment in the immediate vicinity of broadcasting stations. Emitel implements environmentally friendly waste management by using solutions enabling waste recycling, as well as a waste neutralisation process for waste that could not be prevented and for which recycling was not possible, implemented in line with the principles of environmental protection.

The innovative actions undertaken by Emitel since last year include, among others, the Electromagnetic Fields Environmental Protection Workshops, addressed to schoolchildren and youth. The aim of the workshops is to disseminate knowledge about electromagnetic fields, their use in today’s world and about the risks that they may pose in an accessible way. During the workshops, Emitel Employees showed children an animated film describing possible dangers resulting from the emission of electromagnetic fields and the preventive actions we take to avoid them.

In making any business decision concerning relations in the workplace or cooperation with local communities, Emitel Staff are guided by a value system. The company’s Code of Ethics regulates the general business practices on the basis of which the business is conducted. It is a set of principles, deeply rooted in honesty, openness, responsibility, fairness and mutual respect. All contracts with suppliers and customers of the company include a commitment that they will also comply with the Code of Ethics. The Company has also appointed the Ombudsman for Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination, whose role is to respond to any concerns raised by Employees.

The company takes care of its employees and their relatives in a comprehensive manner. Employees have the opportunity to participate in a variety of training courses, as well as take advantage of private health care and group insurance – most programmes also cover families of our staff. The promotion of a healthy lifestyle remains one of the highest priorities for our company. Emitel organises mountain rallies and sporting events, such as a football tournament for its staff. Every year, Emitel takes part in a campaign called “Bike to work – home, bike, work… all year round,” carried out by the City of Krakow. The aim of the campaign is to promote cycling as a daily means of transport to and from work.

“Being a leader in the industry obliges us to look for innovative solutions in the field of social activities. We strongly believe in building lasting relations; we want to set trends and our ambition is to lead the changes. This is why we make sure that our goals are achieved through everyday work, in a manner that is responsible both towards our stakeholders and the environment. We also do not forget to create a friendly and attractive workplace for our employees,” said Andrzej Kozłowski – President of the Management Board of Emitel S.A.

Emitel is one of the leading Polish companies implementing the principles of corporate social responsibility, as evidenced by numerous CSR awards and distinctions received by the company in 2018, including, among others, distinction in the “Healthy Employee, Healthy Company” competition organised by the Employers of Poland organisation, the title of the Trustworthy Employer awarded by the Polish Chamber of Commerce and the “Poland: Now” Polish Promotional Programme Foundation, the Investor in Human Capital emblem awarded by the Digital Knowledge Observatory Foundation (formerly the Management Observatory Foundation) and the “Employee-Friendly Employer” emblem and statuette awarded by NSZZ “Solidarność” under the honorary patronage of the President of the Republic of Poland.

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Emitel is going to provide a state-of-the-art, comprehensive solution for one of the most anticipated investments in Warsaw to boost the availability of mobile operators’ services indoors. The agreement provides for the development of a radio project and executive designs, carrying out the works, including both formal and legal aspects of the project, as well as maintenance of the system.

Emitel will provide a technologically advanced service for the newly constructed Powiśle Power Plant office, retail and service complex to boost cellular coverage in three office buildings, as well as in the retail and catering spaces. In the next stage of the development of the complex, Emitel will additionally increase the coverage in the hotel. Thanks to this, people using their mobile phones inside buildings will be provided with a very good-quality signal.

Since Emitel will own the installation, all formal issues pertaining to the arrangements, design, obtaining the necessary permits, as well as the entire cost of maintaining the technical condition of the installation will be taken care of by the Company. It is going to be one of the largest indoor installations implemented by Emitel in recent years, but not the first one in the company’s portfolio. Recently, Emitel has built an innovative DAS system at the Silesian Stadium in Chorzów –the first such solution in a sports venue in Poland and one of the first in Europe.

The Powiśle Power Plant is a unique place on the map of Warsaw, where the customers will find unique fashion brands, as well as pop-up and concept stores never seen in Poland before, restaurants serving cuisine from all over the world and – for the first time in Poland– an innovative Beauty Hall concept. They will also be able to experience unforgettable emotions during numerous events organised in the space of the Power Plant.

SLR Myślibórz will be used by the Forest Inspectorate to install antennas used to transmit camera feed from fire lookout towers run by the State Forests. Once again, Emitel is involved in the fight against forest fires.

Earlier, Emitel established cooperation with the Zwierzyniec and Kalisz Forest Inspectorates, among others. There are 646 fire lookout towers in Poland, 230 of which are equipped with CCTV equipment. Such towers are responsible for detecting half of the fires in Polish forests.

“Emitel’s infrastructure will indirectly help us in detecting fires at an early stage, which will enable us to react quickly, thus effectively limiting the spread of fire and the resulting natural and material losses”, said Ewelina Rybarska, Forest Inspector in the Myślibórz Forest Inspectorate.

Fires are the biggest problem of forestry in Poland. In only one day, the 23rd of April 2019, there were more than 360 fires in the Polish forests.

“We are glad that once again the State Forests decided to work hand in hand with Emitel. One of the foundations of our company’s activity is taking care of the natural environment. Emitel is the largest independent operator of at height infrastructure in Poland, with more than 400 facilities, many of which we offer to our customers for the purpose of video surveillance. We are constantly expanding our facilities, which is why I am certain that we will be carrying out further projects of this kind in future,” said Maciej Staszak, Vice-President of the Management Board of Emitel S.A.

Every year, an average of ten thousand forest fires occur in Poland every year, which gives Poland the third place in Europe in this respect. The worst situation is in Spain and Portugal, where forest fires occur frequently and often cover large areas.

Wrocław was the first city in Poland to carry out a research project to develop a solution to enable guiding coaches to the nearest vacant parking space. The system is a result of research conducted by the city in cooperation with Emitel, ReviveMachines and NaviParking.

It is widely estimated that one third of all vehicular traffic in cities is generated by drivers looking for a vacant parking space, which also results in a reduction of the efficiency of car parks, disruption in the flow of traffic on the roads and increased exhaust emissions. This issue also concerns coaches, which are present in Wrocław all year round.

“As a city, we are constantly looking for solutions that improve the quality of life, often by using modern infrastructure and innovative technologies. As part of the CityLab programme, we carried out a research project together with ReviveMachines, NaviParking and Emitel, which ran for 7 months. As a result, we developed and tested a parking space occupancy detection system, which we are releasing now,” said Jakub Mazur, deputy mayor of Wrocław.

The testing involved installation of 52 sensors in kiss-and-go parking zones, where coaches can park for up to 15 minutes, as well as in standard parking lots with unlimited parking times.

The scope of the project covered nearly half of all available parking lots for coaches located in the area of the biggest tourist attractions in the city centre and in the neighbourhood of the Zoological Garden, including on Ofiar Oświęcimskich, Łaciarska, Świętokrzyska, Purkyniego and Wybrzeże Słowackiego Streets.

“Thanks to employing the LoRa Wan technology, which enables devices to connect to the Internet while ensuring minimal power consumption, we managed to connect the sensors to a base station, creating a network that allows us to oversee the use of parking spaces. Emitel takes advantage of this solution not only for that purpose, but also to check the status of trash cans in the city or to create urban heat maps”, said Maciej Staszak, Vice-President of the Management Board of Emitel S.A.

The cooperation resulted in the development of a useful and clean mobile application, which enables the drivers to find the nearest kiss-and-go zone or a parking lot, as well as finding out the price and distance to go.

“Our goal is to develop future mobility and provide user-friendly solutions using open data. The interest of the city of Wrocław in innovative technologies has contributed to the implementation of a solution that facilitates the management of coach traffic. Based on the collected data, the application aggregates information about all car parks in the city. Coach drivers can see the current occupancy status of the parking lots, and the built-in navigation system can guide them directly to the car park of their choice. By reducing unnecessary traffic, the solution supports the flow of traffic in the city for the benefit of drivers, residents and tourists living there”, Marek Stawiński, President of NaviParking, explained.

The research project aimed at looking for solutions to facilitate work in the tourism sector by making the flow of traffic generated by coaches smoother and by shortening the time needed to find a parking space. Additionally, its actual implementation will bring benefits to the residents of Wrocław, in particular by limiting the traffic of coaches driving around the city while waiting for tourists and – by extension – cutting down emissions.

The campaign starts on 19 March. It is intended to encourage viewers to modernise their antenna installations, retune their TV sets to receive the MUX-8 signal, as well as take advantage of the wide programming offer of all terrestrial television multiplexes. As part of the campaign activities, advertising spots and materials will be broadcast, providing information on receiving free signals by terrestrial means.

Multiplex 8 currently broadcasts six channels. In addition to the stations of the private broadcasters – Metro, Nowa TV, WP TV, Zoom TV – TVP Rozrywka and TVP Sport HD are also available. Telewizja Polska began broadcasting the latter at the end of December last year. The coverage of the multiplex encompasses almost 98% of the Polish population; however, not all viewers have decided to adjust the antenna or retune their TV sets to receive channels broadcast on a different band than the other multiplexes.

Emitel and TVP count on the interest of sports fans, so the campaign will be based, among other things, on the popularity of the TVP Sport channel, which in Multiplex 8 gives viewers the opportunity to follow the most important sporting events in HD quality. In the coming months, the station will broadcast, among other things, Champions League matches, the Polish national team’s appearances in the qualifying round of the European Football Championship, matches of the women’s and men’s FIVB Volleyball Nations League, and starting next season, matches of the Ekstraklasa football league. Dariusz Szpakowski, a well-known Polish sports journalist and commentator, will appear in TV spots advertising MUX-8.

The advertising campaign will be accompanied by information activities prepared by Emitel’s specialists in cooperation with the broadcaster and experts, who will explain how to modernise the home antenna system or retune the receiver to gain access to channels of the eighth multiplex. The campaigns will be supported by the MUX8.TV website, where you will find simple instructions and all the information you need for reception.

The first campaign promoting MUX-8 was conducted by Emitel together with the broadcasters of Metro, WP and Zoom TV channels in May last year, even before the Polish Television programmes appeared on the multiplex. This time, the operator will work with TVP, which is the broadcaster of the largest number of channels distributed by terrestrial means, and thus reaches a large number of households using this form of TV reception. The use of TVP antenna time will guarantee high effectiveness of the MUX-8 promotional message. According to Nielsen, the share of the eight public television channels among viewers using only terrestrial television amounts to as much as 40%.

Currently there are 4 nationwide multiplexes in Poland, thanks to which viewers can choose the best offer of 29 free TV channels for themselves. Terrestrial TV is one of the most popular platforms of signal reception in Poland. Currently, more than 1/3 of all households use only this method of channel reception. Digital terrestrial television is a modern and popular worldwide platform for broadcasting TV signals. Apart from traditional channels, viewers in Poland, after connecting the TV to the Internet, can watch so-called virtual channels and take advantage of additional content, such as news and an electronic TV guide (the so-called HbbTV). Among others, since December 2018, the hybrid platform of the Legia Warszawa football club has been available on MUX-8. In this way, fans can view live broadcasts and “on-demand” match recordings, behind-the-scenes conversations and interviews with players on their TV screens.

National terrestrial television multiplexes:

MUX-1

Stopklatka – film station
ESKA TV – music station mainly featuring dance, pop, hip-hop music
TTV – socio-interventional station
Polo TV – music station, mainly featuring disco polo music
ATM Rozrywka – entertainment station mainly featuring Polish series
TV Trwam – religious station
TVP ABC – station for children and teenagers
Fokus TV – an educational channel

MUX-2

Polsat – commercial station
TVN – commercial station
TV 4 – commercial station from the Polsat group
TV 6 – commercial station from the Polsat group
TV Puls – commercial station
TV Puls 2 – commercial station
TVN 7 – commercial station from the TVN group
Super Polsat – station from the Polsat group

MUX-3

TVP1 HD – the first Polish Television programme in high definition
TVP2 HD – the second programme of the Polish Television in high definition
TVP Info – information station of the Polish Television
TVP3 – regional programme of 16 centres of Polish Television
TVP Kultura – Polish Television station devoted to cultural subjects
TVP Sport – Polish Television’s sport-themed station
TVP Historia – TVP station covering historical subjects

MUX-8

Nowa TV – universal station with film and entertainment profile
Metro – films, crime series and Discovery programmes
Zoom TV – documentaries, mysterious stories, films and series and the best Polish cabarets
WP TV – lifestyle, technology, documentaries and entertainment programmes
TVP Rozrywka – TVP entertainment station
TVP Sport HD – TVP sports station

Emitel was distinguished in a report for numerous good business practices concerning areas such as labour law, environment, organisational governance and human rights. The “Responsible Business in Poland. Good Practices” report was prepared and released for the 17th time.

The authors of the Report drew attention to many aspects, including the Code of Ethics in force at Emitel, which regulates general business practices, serving as the foundation of the company’s business activities and operations. The aim of implementing the Code was to promote fair, equitable and ethical conduct, promoting transparency in reports and documents prepared for investors in a comprehensive manner, compliance with applicable laws, as well as relevant rules and regulations, prompt reporting of violations and responsibility for upholding the Code.

The authors of the report also noted the anti-mobbing and anti-discrimination policies promoting appropriate standards of behaviour concerning these areas, along with equipping the company’s offices with easily accessible defibrillators and blood-pressure monitors, a pilot audiobook access programme, which is also available to employee families, as well as a voluntary investment insurance for employees, with company contributions.

“The fact that we are featured in the Report indicates that we are building the strength of Emitel on the foundation of best practices and market trends, and that we serve as a benchmark and a role model to other organisations on the Polish market,” said Anna Goleniowska, HR Office Director at Emitel S.A.

This year’s edition of the report showcases more than 1,500 examples of good practices in 229 Polish companies, This is a new record — exceeding the previous year’s result by 30%.

Raport „Odpowiedzialny biznes w Polsce 2018. Dobre praktyki”

The Employee-Friendly Employer Contest has been organized for 11 years by the National Committee of the “Solidarity” Trade Union under the honorary patronage of Poland’s President. The objective of the contest is to promote employers who distinguish themselves by applying good practices in such fields as compliance with the labor laws.

The Certification Committee evaluated the applications sent to the contest considering, among others, compliance with the labor laws, conclusion of collective agreements, concluding employment contracts for an unspecified period of time, trade union membership rates, and functioning of workers’ councils. Emitel S.A. received an award along with such companies as Jastrzębska Spółka Węglowa S.A., Kopalnia Soli “Wieliczka” S.A., and Poznańskie Zakłady Zielarskie “Herbapol.”

“We are involved in a lot of projects intended to create a friendly and attractive work place for the employees of Emitel. People are our greatest asset and this is why we pay a lot of attention to such matters as safety and direct or indirect support to our employees and their families. The results of our HR policies are manifested in the annual study of the level of involvement and satisfaction of our employees, which has lots of participants who express very good opinions about our company,” said Andrzej Kozłowski, the President of the Management Board of Emitel S.A.

Candidates for the “Employee-Friendly Employer” title are nominated by the “Solidarity” Trade Union organizations in respective companies. The winners of the contest respect the rights of employees and conduct social dialog in their organizations. The certificate may be used for three years after it is awarded. The statuettes will be handed by President Andrzej Duda on 19 March 2019.

In the recent months, together with the Polish Radio and with participation of the Ministry of Interior and Administration, Emitel has successfully performed tests of the emergency notification system. If the service is started, owners of digital radio receivers can be automatically informed about emergency situations. The Ministry of Interior and Administration supports the soonest possible implementation of the system.

Sending emergency notifications is one of the added values of the digital radio system. This functionality enhances the utility of the digital radio technology and very strongly contributes to implementation of the national security strategy.

“T-DAB+ is the fastest developing broadcasting technology in Europe. It is already in use in 22 European countries. The T-DAB system covers a population of 470 million people worldwide. In addition to broadcasting of radio programs, the technology also enables broadcasting of emergency situation messages. Emitel has many years of experience in digital radio technologies. We are happy that our competences could be used in the performance of the emergency notification tests,” said Maciej Staszak, Vice-President of the Management Board of Emitel S.A.

The first country that completely stopped analog broadcasting is Norway. After the digitization, the number of nationwide radio stations in that country increased from five to thirty-one. Recently, the European Parliament has decided that in two years all radios installed in cars will be required to be able to receive digital signals and IP streaming. In Poland, regular digital broadcasting is currently performed only by the Polish Radio. The range of the emission covers nearly 56% of Poland’s population. The listeners have eight programs to choose from: Jedynka, Dwójka, Trójka, Czwórka, Polskie Radio 24, Polskie Radio Dzieciom, Radio Chopin, adn Radio Poland. Besides nation-wide programs, also the Regional Stations of the Polish Radio are available, which reach the listeners thanks to regionalization of the signal in the territories of the different provinces.

On the occasion of the International Radio Day and the nineteenth anniversary of the decision to build the radio mast in Raszyn, Emitel provided among others a historical transmitter lamp and a telecommunication cabinet to the Transatlantic Broadcasting Station Culture Park Association. The equipment will be used for research purposes and later will become an exhibit in the planned museum of the Transatlantic Broadcasting Station.

The members of the association are young scientists and doctoral students who are fascinated by the history of the pre-war broadcasting station located at the border of the present communes Bemowo (Boernerowo) and Babice. The Transatlantic Broadcasting Station was in operation only for 22 years and consisted of 10 masts that were more than 126 meters tall. It was completely destroyed by Germans in 1945. Its twin station, the Varberg Radio Station in Sweden, which is still in existence, was included on the list of World Heritage sites in 2004.

“Reconstruction of the Transatlantic Broadcasting Station is not possible but, among others thanks to the help of Emitel, we want to restore the old Brown Boveri transmitter, which will become the main exhibit of the planned science center. We are trying to make sure that the museum of the Transatlantic Radio Station is built in the vicinity of its ruins and we appreciate the help in collecting exhibits for the museum,” said Jarosław Chrapek, President of the Management Board of the Transatlantic Broadcasting Station Cultural Park Association.

The founders of the museum are planning to start an amateur short-wave radio station and a telecommunications club that will give a “new life” to the Babice Radio Station on the airwaves under its historical call sign – AXL. The telecommunication cabinet provided by Emitel is identical as the cabinet in which the transmitter was installed in the Broadcasting Center in Konstantynów.

“Polish radio broadcasting is at the threshold of digitization but we are happy to see enthusiasts who want to remember and commemorate the history of Polish radio communication. We are pleased that Emitel, whose history is more than half a century long, was able to contribute to the construction of the Transatlantic Radio Station Science Center and Museum,” said Maciej Staszak, the Vice President of the Management Board of Emitel S.A.

Until the museum is built, the equipment donated by Emitel will be stored at the Warsaw University of Technology where it will serve as a teaching aid for students and young scientists.