Orange to deploy FTTH network in Spain
June 15, 2012
From David Del Valle in Madrid
Orange will invest €300 million over the next four years in the development of its own FTTH network in Spain to reach almost 1.5 million homes in the main Spanish cities, with the first households enjoying the service in the last quarter of this year. The network will offer high speed connections at 100 Mbps and over with a plethora of services: HDTV, cloud services, videoconference, online games.
The company is opening up this project to other operators which may take part as co-investors through commercial agreements or even sharing networks. With this move, Orange will compete face-to-face with the dominant operator Telefonica with over 163,000 FTTH connections as of the end of 2011 and a year-on-year growth of 230.4 per cent, according to the CMT
With its investment in FTTH, Orange also hopes that the Administration speeds up its plans to rule the FTTH market and approve a clear legal framework, as said the company.
So far, the company has invested over €3 billion in the country and currently has 1.3 million subs with access to its bandwidth network with ADSL, telephony and TV services.