Telefonica, Vodafone and Orange ink vertical fibre-optic sharing deal

3 Jul 2013

Three of Spain’s largest telcos – Telefonica Espana, Vodafone Spain and Orange Espana – have signed an agreement under which they will share vertical fibre-optic infrastructures in buildings. Under the terms of the deal, the trio have detailed the types of buildings in which vertical infrastructures will be shared and the technical procedures that will make this possible. As a next step the operators are now expected to gradually specify the cities, areas and building in which they want to roll out fibre networks, following which the Building Manager Operator will prepare an infrastructure delivery plan. Meanwhile, the agreement between the trio also includes the option to transfer existing undertakings or for each company to build its own. Vertical infrastructures in buildings will be shared through a single payment for each one, which will give the operator the right to use it for no less than 20 years. Pricing governing such use will be set, via resolution, by the Comision del Mercado de las Telecomunicacinoes (CMT).