Spain to add 1Mbps minimum speed to universal service obligation from 2011

4 Dec 2009

Following public consultation, Spain’s Ministerio de Industria, Turismo y Comercio has announced it will incorporate universal broadband service with a minimum downstream speed of 1Mbps. The ministry has said that it will spend the next few months modifying the regulatory framework for universal service, as well as updating licensing processes, with a view to introducing the new minimum speed limit from 1 January 2011. According to the government respondents to the consultation agreed with the principle of technological neutrality for delivery of universal broadband services, while the establishment of download caps were also supported.

Incumbent Telefonica has reportedly expressed an interest in being designated as universal service provider nationwide across all telecoms sectors, including payphones and directories. Other operators who have come forward with a view to being designated universal service providers include Vodafone Spain, Orange Espana and Euskaltel.

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