Vodafone Spain has announced a wholesale access agreement to use Telefonica’s fibre-optic network in areas not reached by its own network. The unprecedented deal not only covers the non-competitive areas in which Telefonica is required to provide access under the CNMC’s recently-approved regulation, but in others not covered by the wholesale obligations. The non-competitive areas correspond to 65 percent of the country and exclude Spain’s 66 largest cities, but under the terms of the new commercial agreement Vodafone will now be able to immediately expand its fibre-optic coverage and offer 300 Mbps symmetric broadband and pay-TV in millions more homes across the country.
The last major wholesale access agreement was that signed by Spain's other two network providers, Orange and MasMovil, at the end of last year. Orange had a total of 9.0 million households with FTTH connectivity at the end of Q3 2016 and recently announced that its fibre network will reach 14 million Spanish households by the end of 2019, one year earlier than planned.
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