Government wants 3,700 rural communities surfing via broadband by year-end, papers say

13 Jul 2006

The Spanish government is planning to invest EUR231 million (USD295 million) in extending the reach of broadband services in rural areas by 2008, according to business daily Expansión. Fixed line incumbent Telefónica de España is heading the project and says it has already introduced high speed access to more than 1,700 rural communities; the state expects 3,700 such communities, representing a population of 2.55 million, to have broadband access by the end of this year, rising to 6.5 million by 2008.

Spain, Telefonica Espana (Movistar)