Spanish fixed line incumbent Telefonica de Espana, which now offers all of its services including wireless voice under the united Movistar moniker, has announced the commercial launch of fibre-optic broadband services at downlink speeds of up to 100Mbps, ADSLZone reports. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, the operator had initially suggested that it would launch the higher speeds in the third quarter of 2010. The launch of the higher speed services follows the decision by Movistar a few weeks ago to discontinue its 6Mbps fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) product offering, a move taken to place the 10Mbps option as the standard entry-level fibre service. The operator’s new 100Mbps service, which also offers an increased uplink speed of 10Mbps, will cost customers EUR85.90 (USD118) per month, and will initially only be available to business customers.
Separately, the Spanish news site also reports that Movistar is preparing a large-scale deployment of fibre-optic cable; with its current fibre footprint covering around 300,000 homes, the telco aims to expand that number to one million by the end of 2011. According to the report, between 2009 and 2011 Movistar only installed FTTH infrastructure in the cities of Barcelona, Madrid and Valencia, with just 18 sites inaugurated during the two-year period. In February 2011 alone, however, it is claimed that the operator plans to install FTTH equipment in 32 new locations, including: Bajadoz, Merida, Burgos, Cordoba, Leon, Santiago, Malaga, Gijon and Valladolid.