Orange Espana has announced that it is now offering fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband services in Malaga. Having invested around EUR6 million (USD8.26 million) in the network development in the region, the initial coverage area includes the areas of: Poligono Alameda, Marmoles, Gamarra,Haza Cuevas, Las Chapas, Nueva Malaga, Los Millones, Los Castillejos, Suarez, Parque Victoria Eugenia, Florisol and Parque del Sur. Looking ahead, the operator has said it aims to expand the network footprint to more than 20 other areas of the city, and has said that by the end of 1Q 2014 around 70,000 premises should be able to take up fibre-based broadband services.
In making the announcement Orange Espana noted that it now offers its FTTH services in a total of twelve locations across the country, those being: Alcorcon, Alicante, Badalona, Barcelona, Cordoba, Hospitalet de Llobregat, Madrid, Malaga, Seville, Valencia, Valladolid and Zaragoza. The network development is part of an agreement signed between the operator and rival Vodafone Spain last year. As noted in TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, in March 2013 the two companies said they would invest up to EUR1 billion on the construction of a joint fibre-optic network. Under the terms of the agreement, each operator will 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.