Vodafone Spain has announced a date for the launch of its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH)-based services, revealing that from 1 April 2014 customers in Madrid, Barcelona, Sevilla, Valencia, Malaga and Zaragoza will be able to access the network. Speeds of up to 200Mbps downstream and 20Mbps upstream are being offered over the new infrastructure. Prices for the operator’s FTTH services begin at EUR54 (USD74) per month for a bundle comprising a 100Mbps/10Mbps fibre connection, plus a mobile voice tariff with 600MB data usage and 200 call minutes per month, and a fixed voice calls package which includes call allowances to both fixed and mobile numbers.
As noted in TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, in March 2013 Vodafone Spain and Orange Espana outlined plans to invest up to EUR1 billion on the construction of a joint fibre-optic network. Under the terms of the agreement, the two telcos said they would 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. The duo expects that some three million premises will have access to the FTTH network by September 2015, with that figure rising to seven million by 2017. In total, the fibre-optic network will cover 50 of Spain’s major cities when complete.