Vodafone Spain has announced it is upgrading its HFC network with a view to increasing the speeds on offer to customers, with Chinese vendor Huawei having been contracted to carry out the work. In a press release, Vodafone confirmed its intention to deploy DOCSIS 3.1 technology, with the operator noting that doing so will allow it to provide symmetrical downlink/uplink speeds of more than 1Gbps. According to Vodafone, the network upgrade has already gotten underway in the country’s main cities, while it expects to have extended the enhanced connectivity nationwide within the next two years.
Meanwhile, in reporting on the development, local press outlet Expansion has claimed that under its contract Huawei is deploying its D-CCAP solution, with this expected to allow Vodafone to reach new, uncovered premises using either HFC of fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) technology from the same ‘fibre network extension point’. In addition, Expansion also claims that the network upgrade project will cost around EUR100 million (USD105 million).