Telefonica targets copper, 3G shutdowns in 2025

14 May 2021

Telefonica has provided an update regarding the ongoing shutdown of its Spanish copper network, which commenced back in 2018. The group notes that the closure ‘is progressing according to plan’, with 769 ‘central offices’ (i.e. copper exchanges) deactivated by March 2021, out of a total of 8,532. Telefonica expects that 100% of the copper network will have been replaced by fibre by 2025. That year will also see the shutdown of Movistar’s 3G network, with the telco noting that progress is already being made in terms of switching off the legacy platform.

In terms of future mobile/fixed technologies, Telefonica has confirmed that its Spanish rollouts are continuing at pace. Its 5G network now offers 80% coverage, while its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network reached 25.651 million premises in 1Q21, an increase of 432,000 quarter-on-quarter. Fibre uptake stood at 29% at that date, the company noted.

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