Telefonica confirms copper shutdown progress

24 Aug 2021

Telefonica Espana (Movistar) has confirmed that it reached the milestone of 1,000 closed copper plants (i.e. copper exchanges) as of 30 June 2021. Pablo Ledesma, Director of Operations at Telefonica, commented: ‘Telefonica began its process of transforming the network with the closure of plants in 2016, and since then, despite adverse circumstances in some years, it has followed its plan to close copper plants and expand fibre to advance the objective of offering the best connectivity to both private and business customers.’

In total, the telco is understood to operate a total of 8,532 copper exchanges. As per its previously stated objectives, Telefonica expects that 100% of the copper network will have been replaced by fibre by 2025.

Spain, Telefonica Espana (Movistar)