Hot on the heels of the announcement by Vodafone Spain that it is to deploy Long Term Evolution Advanced (LTE-A) technology next month on a commercial basis, Movistar Espana has followed suit with details of similar plans. As reported by Xataka Movil, which cites comments made by Telefonica Espana president Luis Miguel Gilperez, Movistar will inaugurate LTE-A services in Barcelona and Madrid next month. Meanwhile, with regards to the cellco’s standard 4G network, Movistar is said to have set out its stall to expand coverage to all towns with a population of at least 5,000 by the end of this year, while it reportedly aiming to have all locations with a population of more than 1,000 within the network footprint in 2016.
Alongside these wireless-related developments, Mr Gilperez was also said to have confirmed that Movistar expects to have passed ten million homes with its in-deployment fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network by the end of this year. Looking ahead, it has said that this figure will rise to 15 million by the end of 2015, while it is aiming to cover 80% of the population – or roughly 20 million households – by 2017. With regards to uptake for its fibre-based services, the executive was also cited as saying that it now has almost one million subscribers connecting via the FTTH infrastructure.