Orange Spain is speeding up its FTTH expansion plans and aims to reach 10 million households next year and 14 million by 2020 when it plans to cover 80 per cent of all Spanish cities with more than 20,000 inhabitants.
The telco will invest a total of between €1.5 billion and €1.7 billion in extending its network which currently covers 5.2 million households.
The 14 million target is the same as the number of homes Telefonica was hoping to cover with its fibre network by the end of 2015. Orange’s other main rival, Vodafone, currently covers around 8.4 million households thanks to its acquisition of Ono last year, with the combined entity targeting 11 million homes by the end of the year.
Orange is also investing €1.5 billion in its 4G network in Spain with a view to reaching 85 per cent of the population by the end of this year, including coverage in 1,300 cities. It aims to cover 95 per cent of the population in 2017. Orange strengthened its position in the Spanish telecoms market with the €3.4 billion acquisition of fixed broadband provider Jazztel, which it completed in August.