Smart village, the Polish way

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Modern technology is transforming the Polish countryside. In order to improve the efficiency of their farms, the farmers are using knowledge available online more and more often. Let us take a closer look at the digitization of Polish villages.

According to a release of the European Commission from October 17th, 2013, each inhabitant of the Member Country ought to have access to broadband internet via landline, mobile broadband or satellite connection. However, the availability of broadband internet with the speed of at least 30 Mb/s is far from the norm. There are “white areas” on the NGA (Next Generation Access) map of Poland. It is the goal of the Ministry of Administration and Digitization to make 30 Mb/s internet available to all inhabitants of Poland by 2020.

The many dimensions of the digital divide

“Digital divide”, the exclusion of some part of the society from the online community, has two aspects. On the one hand, there are the people who cannot access internet services. There are 563 rural communities (“gminy”) in Poland, and they are inhabited by about 40% of the population of the country. Unfortunately, internet access is not universally available in the countryside and the digital divide is common in those areas, with nearly 10 million Polish people affected by the negative phenomenon!

At the same time, some members of the society enjoy a good internet connection, but lack the skills which make it possible to use it. All in all, however widespread modern technology may be, it will not be used by all in efficient manner.

A revolution in communication

For us, the representatives of the chemical industry, using up-to-date tools to communicate with the farmers is obviously becoming more and more important. It is therefore vital to support the inhabitants of the countryside and make them realize the weight and role of the Internet in the contemporary economy.

According to Central Statistics Office data, 53% of the people who lived in rural areas used the internet in 2014. Young people in the countryside take advantage of modern IT solutions in their work, which makes the need to provide broadband Internet connection even more burning.