Telefonica’s fibre optic free for ADSL subs
April 28, 2014
From David Del Valle in Madrid
Telefonica’s assault on the broadband market continues with a new move that allows all current Movistar ADSL 10 Mbps customers to migrate to the Movistar Fibre 10 Mbps offering free of charge where coverage is available.
Movistar ADSL or Fibre 10 Mbps customers will be given access to over 80 TV channels at no extra cost. The Movistar Fusion TV package offers 10 Mbps ADSL or fibre broadband, unlimited calls to fixed numbers and 550 minutes to mobile numbers, 1 GB in mobile data at 4G speeds and over 80 TV channels in HD for €60 per month including VAT.
Telefonica aims to double the number of households connected to its fibre-optic network this year to over 10 million and that it planned to cover 80 per cent of the Spanish population by 2016. Fibre coverage had reached 5.1 million Spanish households in Spain at the end of 2013 but the operator’s intention is to double that figure this year and maintain a similar rate of deployment in 2015.
Telefonica is also strengthening its TV content in its IPTV service Movistar TV by securing exclusive rights to Euro 2016 in France and the 2018 World Cup in Russia qualifying matches over the next four years.
From September, Movistar TV will air the matches on a new dedicated international football channel. The qualifying matches for European teams will join the main club competitions that were already offered on Movistar TV, such as the Liga BBVA, the Champions League and the Europa League.
Movistar TV already offers two theme channels dedicated to sports, Movistar MotoGP and Movistar F1, where motor racing fans can enjoy more than 30 hours of live broadcasts from each Grand Prix and six HD channels to choose from during each race.