Orange Espana and Grupo MASMOVIL have struck a deal under which they will cooperate on a joint fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network rollout covering some one million premises. In a stock exchange filing, Grupo MASMOVIL confirmed that the agreement had been reached as part of the remedies that Orange Espana had agreed to in order to gain regulatory approval for its acquisition of alternative broadband provider Jazztel. Grupo MASMOVIL noted that under the agreement it will look to deploy FTTH to around 500,000 premises in low competition areas, either low population locations, or those areas where the technology has yet to be deployed by any other operator. For its part, Orange Espana is then expected to roll out fibre covering a further 500,000 premises in areas of more intense competition, such as the nation’s larger cities.
With Grupo MASMOVIL claiming that the agreement will allow it to complete its FTTH development plan in an ‘economically efficient manner’, and within a previously announced timeframe, the company has said it will also enable it to reach a total of 2.3 million units passed with fibre broadband connectivity by the end of 2018.