FTTH to the fore as Spanish broadband surpasses 12MN connections

Juan Fernandez Gonzalez | 14-12-2013

Spain's telecom market is again showing signs of growth, with broadband connections surpassing the 12 million barrier for the first time.

The milestone was reached in October, which proved the most successful month since January 2010, with almost 107,000 new Internet lines.

The increase represents 5.8% growth compared with the same period last year. The new fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) infrastructures, which different operators have been deploying during the year, have been the beneficiaries of such growth. FTTH has grown more than 88% compared with October 2012, and already represents more than 500,000 lines.

As well as the new networks, the smaller operators have been gathering many of the new contracts. While Telefónica added 14,000 lines and the cable operators 13,000, the so-called alternative operators (such as Jazztel or Orange) make up 79,000 of new lines.

The figures, presented by the CNMC (national commission for markets and competition), show also a drop in the number of mobile lines, with 102,000 fewer lines. Telefónica's Movistar is the most affected, with 164,000 fewer mobile lines, while the virtual operator show growth and gather 210,000 new clients.

The last quarter is showing great figures for the telecom and TV market in Spain (the ads business is also on the increase and the online and over-the-top operators are growing). Although it is still too soon to talk about recovery, it seems certain that the market has started to reverse the drop in numbers.