Spain’s broadband penetration is on a par with the EU average. Subscribers continue to contend with relatively high access price, though access speeds have recently begun to improve in line with upgraded networks. The incumbent telco Telefónica, operating under the Movistar brand, has invested in fibre infrastructure while cablecos now commonly provide data at up to 300Mb/s. The regulator has in recent years promoted fibre network sharing, and has developed a pricing structure for shared fibre infrastructure. In early 2017 it formulated new conditions for wholesale access to Telefónica’s fibre networks covering some 65% of the population. In the cable sector, Vodafone Spain is in the process of delivering DOSCIS3.1 technology which can provide data at above 1Gb/s.
The strong growth in the number of fibre broadband connections is beginning to tell on the sector’s dynamics. Although several operators are investing in fibre, either in their own networks or through sharing arrangements, Telefónica is by far the dominant player.
This report profiles Spain’s fixed and wireless broadband markets, together with developments in related technologies such as fibre, and broadband powerline. The report also provides broadband subscriber forecasts to 2021.
Vodafone Spain contracts Huawei to upgrade its HFC network with DOCSIS3.1; Euskaltel completes its acquisition of the Galician operator R Cable; Movistar boosts fibre to 300Mb/s; Vodafone joins Fon network; regulator sets pricing for competitors to access Telefónica’s fibre network; Vodafone scales back joint fibre agreement with Orange following its acquisition of Ono; Las Palmas completes initial stage of muni Wi-Fi network; Telefónica, Vodafone and Orange agree to share vertical fibre-optic infrastructure; consortium develops FttP network in Extremadura; FttP accounting for a quarter of new broadband additions; report update includes the regulator’s market data updates to November 2016, telcos’ operating and financial data to Q4 2016, recent market developments.
Movistar, Orange, Ono, Jazztel.
Number of pages 27
Last updated 16 Feb 2017
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