Telefonica going ahead with fibre-optic plan

5 Sep 2008

Spanish incumbent telco Telefonica said in a statement yesterday that it will launch a commercial fibre-optic broadband internet access network on 31 October, regardless of opposition from alternative operators that are lobbying for the right to use the infrastructure on an equal basis, reports Reuters. Guillermo Ansaldo, head of the worldwide group’s domestic division, announced that direct fibre access (FTTx) at speeds of up to 30Mbps will initially be restricted to selected areas of major cities including Madrid and Barcelona, where it has already rolled out the network. An FTTx network with national scope will cost Telefonica an estimated EUR1 billion (USD1.45 billion) to complete, and could offer maximum access speeds of up to 1Gbps.

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