Spain updates on 5G auction plans; Telefonica, Orange ink FTTH deal

23 Feb 2018

Spain’s Ministry of Energy, Tourism and Digital Agenda (Ministerio de Energia, Turismo y Agenda Digital, MINETAD) has taken another step towards the auction of 5G-suitable wireless spectrum, by publishing additional information relating to its ‘Plan Nacional 5G’. The government agency will seek to auction spectrum in the 3400MHz-3800MHz band, with a limit of 120MHz per operator. Bidding will take place ‘under competitive conditions’, the Ministry notes. Interested parties have until 14 March to provide feedback.

In other Spanish news, Telefonica and Orange Espana have announced that they have signed a new commercial wholesale deal, giving the latter access to Telefonica’s fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network in areas where it does not intend to roll out its own infrastructure. The new agreement represents an extension of the current 2016 agreement, and will see Orange continue to access Telefonica’s network in non-regulated areas (as defined by April 2016 legislation). As such, Orange will ensure wholesale revenues across Telefonica’s footprint (either in non-regulated or regulated areas) in exchange for competitive prices in non-regulated areas. A similar agreement with Vodafone Spain was reached last year, and Telefonica says that it is open to negotiations with other players.