With the Spanish subsidiaries of European telecoms giants Vodafone Group and Orange Group having revealed in March 2013 that they would jointly invest up to EUR1 billion (USD1.3 billion) on the construction of a joint fibre-optic network, the pair have issued an update regarding the progress of the project. So far, the fibre infrastructure is understood to have been deployed in a total of twelve cities, those being: Madrid, Barcelona, Sevilla, Malaga, Valencia, Alicante, Zaragoza, Cordoba, Valladolid, Alcorcon, Badalona and Hospitalet de Llobregat. In each of the aforementioned cities Vodafone Spain and Orange Espana have reportedly allocated projects to a number of different companies, with work now underway on the deployment of horizontal infrastructure.
As previously reported by CommsUpdate, under the terms of the deal the two companies will each deploy street-level fibre in complementary geographies, and while the fibre will be owned independently, it will share the same technical specifications to ensure compatibility as a single network, with each partner having guaranteed access to the whole infrastructure. Around 800,000 premises are expected to be able to connect by March 2014, with that figure rising to three million and six million by September 2015 and 2017, respectively. In total, the fibre-optic network will cover 50 of Spain’s major cities when complete. Alongside the March 2013 deal, in July that year Vodafone Spain and Orange Espana inked an agreement with fixed line incumbent Telefonica Espana under which the trio will share vertical fibre-optic infrastructures in buildings. As per the deal the trio detailed the types of buildings in which vertical infrastructures would be shared and the technical procedures that would make this possible.