Annual Report 2014 has been published.
The year 2014 was a significant year in the life of the National Institute of Telecommunications. An important event which happened this year was the contest for the position of the Director of NIT. After five years of successful service, Director Wojciech Hałka was not entitled to run for the next term of office, so, a change was a must, and for the first time I have the pleasure to welcome you from this seat. Anyway, Director Hałka has remained with NIT, supporting us with all his knowledge, experience and energy. Change is always connected with new opportunities, so my main intention is keeping the line held by Director Hałka and, at the same time, changing the NIT evolutionarily to meet new present and future challenges. One of more important needs is to revive and intensify NIT’s relations with generally understood Public Administration.
Let’s point out a few examples of such kind of activity in 2014. Supporting international activities of the Office of Electronic Communications (regulatory office), in June the NIT organized in Geneve a seminar for the representatives of the member states of ITU, concerning broadband infrastructure and services for information society. At the end of October a delegation of NIT took part in the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference (PP14) in Busan, Republic of Korea. The delegation organized there a workshop related to broadband networks infrastructure in Poland. In July and August, on demand of the Ministry of Administration and Digitization, the NIT prepared technical part of the analysis concerning implementation of LTE-A in so called digital dividend frequency band. In the second part of the year, a number of NIT’s experts took active part in the WRC15 Preparation Group organized by the same Ministry. In the scope of this activity, which is very important for radiocommunication in Poland, the NIT proposed to organize the Internet repository of the working documents for the Group and, on this basis, to organize a back office for Polish Delegation during WRC15. Supporting the Administration, the team of our experts has verified the translation of ITU Radio Regulations, which was rather large and prestigious task. In 2014 we supported Polish Administration by performing different projects. One of them was a project concerning radiocommunication systems infrastructure for the Ministry of Internal Affairs. We also continued Information System for Broadband Infrastructure and the “Broadband Poland” Portal (SIPS) project.
The SIPS project supports a yearly inventory of telecom infrastructure process realized by the Office of Electronic Communications. The data from the system facilitates so called “white areas” identification in Poland, i.e. the area with poor telecom infrastructure, and will be used for public funds intervention planning for the next period of telecommunications investments and Operational Programme Digital Poland (POPC), financed with the substantial support of EU funds. This is especially important for the creation of the investment plans for next EU financial perspective of 2014-2020. Because of the success of this project and its usefulness, it was decided to introduce new
functionalities into the project products and to prolong it till the end of November 2015. The project was performed in cooperation with the Office of Electronic Communications together with the Ministry of Administration and Digitization and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Development responsible for EU funds spending in Poland.
2014 was again the year of the positive financial result achieved. In comparison to the last five years, the 2014 financial report shows positive EBITA and positive net profit with a trend to stabilize, good financial liquidity based on our own financial resources.
Unfortunately, the year 2015 may not be so easy from the financial point of view. In the second part of 2014, the NIT approached two large investment projects, named PIBUK and PL-LAB, financed from the former EU budgeting perspective. Both projects are concerning the development of the NIT IT infrastructure. In PIBUK we should build IT environment for processing and analysing of large amounts of data; in the PL-LAB we are continuing, in cooperation with leading technical universities in Poland, the development of distributed networking laboratory for research and testing of future networking solutions and environment. PL-LAB project continues the activities performed in the Future Internet project. These projects demand significant, initial financial engagement from the NIT side. The time for their completion is very limited (the end of 2015) and their implementation will need strong efficiency and discipline. We hope that this burden (also financial) makes good investment for the future. The 2014-2015 period is also very difficult because of the change of EU financial perspective. At this time we must finish and report the projects financed in the 2007-2013 EU financial framework and simultaneously prepare applications for the projects financed in the new financial perspective (2014-2020). These activities concern preparations not only to Horizon 2020, the crucial European research program, but also European funds spent by the Polish government in so-called operational programmes. Two operational programmes are vital for the NIT: Operational Programme Digital Poland (POPC) and Operational Programme Intelligent Development (POIR).
At the end of 2014, the NIT started its engagement in preparation of the IT tools for the management of the POPC.
We were assigned decisive technical tasks in organizing POPC activities. In this process we are using our experiences and adopted the result of our flagship IT project for the last 5 years, which was the Broadband Infrastructure Information System (SIPS).
At the same time, with the activities in different R&D and commercial projects, in 2014 our researchers published over 100 scientific publications; they also received some new national and European patents.
Traditionally both the Institute and individually our researchers took active part in organization and the course of our national telecommunication conferences: National Conference on Radiocommunications and Broadcasting (KKRRiT 2014) and National Telecommunications and Teleinformatics Symposium (KSTiT 2014).
In 2014, the NIT received some awards for our products and activities. Polish Federation of Engineering Associations NOT awarded us with golden “Laurel of Innovation” for the project of interactive local TV – LDUiTV and bronze “Laurel of Innovation” for the project of our mobile radiocommunication laboratory – MLB. Director Wojciech Hałka received INFOSTAT2014 award for the promotion of TETRA standard.
All described here positive results would not be possible without full commitment of our researchers, engineers and of the whole Institute staff. I would like to thank all of them and ask for further engagement in the continuous progress of our Institute.
I hope that this Report will provide useful information about the NIT to the Readers and will encourage future substantive relations and cooperation with our Institute both in the research and commercial areas.
Director of the Institute
Warsaw, April 2015