Spanish fixed line incumbent Telefonica de Espana, which offers it services under the Movistar banner, has revealed that it plans to enhance and expand its fibre-optic network deployment this year in four cities. According to ADSL Zone, the telco has outlined its commitment to its fibre rollout, saying that it expects to bolster coverage of its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) services, which currently cover around 1.5 million households, to more than two million, and possibly well beyond that figure if the government makes good on promises to eliminate red tape that has previously hindered the development of new infrastructure. Barcelona, Madrid and Valencia have been named as three of the four cities in which Movistar expects to carry out the network expansion.
As noted in TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Movistar launched commercial fibre-based services in November 2009, initially offering maximum downlink speeds of 30Mbps. Since then speeds have been boosted to either 50Mbps or 100Mbps, depending on the location. Further speed increases meanwhile may yet be on the horizon, with reports in November 2011 that the telco was looking at introducing 200Mbps downlink rates.