TELEFONICA has promised to expand the fibre-optic broadband network to all cities or towns above 1,000 residents and guaranteed universal 4G network coverage in 2020, as stated last Thursday in Santander by Luis Miguel Gilperez, Head of Telefonica España.
However, this promise relies on the approval of the project by the National Competition and Markets Commission (CNMC) and on conditions met so that Telefonica is not at a disadvantage with other operators.
Telefonica has estimated a total cost of around €1.4 million for the works to be carried out, going from 14 million homes that currently have access to fibre-optic broadband to a total of 28 million. On top of that, there is an in-house €250 installation fee that new users will have to pay if they want to subscribe.
Gilperez emphasised that “with these unprecedented expansion works, Spain will be the first country to put an end to the geographically-dependant digital divide by having Ultra-Wideband connectivity in all relevant towns and cities and state-of-the-art mobile broadband network for all of its clients.