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More than half of Polish start-ups knows the concept of the 5G network. About 15% of them declare that in their development strategy they already take into account the impact of 5G technology on the market.

Half of the start-ups heard about 5G

A study commissioned by UKE at the end of 2018 among Polish technology start-ups shows that 55.8% of companies met with the concept of 5G network, meaning the latest mobile network standard. Slightly more than six out of ten start-up representatives know which generation of mobile networks are currently in use. At the same time, about 40% declare that the development of the 5G network will not affect the development of the company. 23% believe that network development will improve communication and 13.5% believe that it will allow to expand the offer.

Every sixth start-up includes 5G in its development strategy

Over 15% of Polish start-ups take into account the potential impact of 5G technology in their development strategy. It would usually concern the portfolio of services and products. The potential to use the 5G network is visible primarily in such areas of activity as gaining technological advantage (35%) and increasing the competitiveness of the company (25%).

Methodology of start-ups’ research

Quantitative research commissioned by UKE (N=52) was conducted among companies of the technology start-up type operating in 11 voivodships, i.e. Pomorskie, Kujawsko-Pomorskie, Warmińsko-Mazurskie, Mazowieckie, Lubelskie, Łódzkie, Świętokrzyskie, Dolnośląskie, Opolskie, Śląskie and Małopolskie. Analysing the size of entities, it should be noted that over 70% of them numbered from 2 to 9 persons, while about 17% of start-ups consisted of at least 10 persons. The smallest percentage was constituted by sole proprietorships (9.6%).

Startups participating in the study conduct their activity primarily in the creative industry and multimedia technologies (19.2%), deal with ICT solutions and support for digital transformation (17.3%), but also operate in the industry related to biotechnology and medical technology (13.5%). A high percentage of indications was also obtained in the case of robotics and other industrial technologies (11.5%).

In the case of the qualitative part of the survey (N=20), the respondents were active in five voivodships, i.e.: Pomorskie, Mazowieckie, Lubelskie, Dolnośląskie and Małopolskie.

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