Spanish FTTH broadband wagon rolls on

Created March 1, 2017
News and Business

According to the latest figures from national telecoms regulator, the Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia (CNMC), FTTH continues to drive broadband expansion in Spain. In 2016 1.8 million FTTH lines were added, while DSL technology registered a loss of 1.3 million lines over the course of the year.

The CNMC found that, during December 2016, some 139, 829 fibre optic-based broadband lines were added to the Spanish network. This brought the total to over 4.8 million. In the same month, HFC lines increased by 14,977, while DSL lines decreased by 83,747.

Overall, 2016 ended with a total of 13,718,568 broadband lines of various technologies, and a penetration of 29.5 lines per 100 inhabitants compared to 28.4 per 100 inhabitants for the previous year.

CNMC reports that almost 95% of all lines have been installed by the three main operators, Movistar, Orange (including Jazztel) and Vodafone (including Ono).


This article was written
by John Williamson

John Williamson is a freelance telecommunications, IT and military communications journalist. He has also written for national and international media, and been a telecoms advisor to the World Bank.