• The Ministry of Economy and Business publishes its annual report of broadband coverage verifying the continued progress in the extension of ultra-fast broadband throughout the territory
  • With the work in progress, in 2020 it is expected that 98% and 89% of the Spanish population will have access to coverage of more than 30 Mbps and 100 Mbps, respectively. The forecast of more than 100 Mbps by 2021 is 93.45 population
  • 4G mobile broadband coverage already reaches 99.5% of the population

The Ministry of Economy and Business has published the annual edition of the report 'Broadband Coverage in Spain' corresponding to 2018. The report provides updated data as of June 30, 2018 and allows an interannual monitoring of the evolution of the deployment of the band Wide in Spain.

The data of the last edition reflect an increase of 5 percentage points in the coverage of broadband of 100 Mbps with respect to the same date of the previous year, which already reaches 81% of the Spaniards. For its part, the coverage of 30 Mbps reaches 85% of the population.

In the year 2020, after the execution of the works in progress of the New Generation Broadband Broadband Program (PEBA-NGA), the estimate is that 88.7% of the Spanish population will have speed coverage greater than 100 Mbps On the same date, the execution of the coverage obligations of the 4G operators promoted by the government, 98% of the population will have coverage at speeds higher than 30 Mbps.

By 2021, once the execution of ultra-fast broadband deployment projects supported by the last call of the PEBA-NGA program, approved by the Council of Ministers on March 15 and opened this week, is expected, the coverage of more than 100 Mbps will reach 93.45% population.

The coverage report published today also includes the improvement of the coverage of networks that offer mobile broadband with higher performance. In particular, 4G coverage already reaches 99.5% of the population.

Another significant fact included in the report is the increase of more than six points in the coverage of fiber optic networks. Spain has the largest fiber optic network to the home (FTTH) in Europe with more than 43 million accesses.

FTTH coverage evolution (see attached chart)

Within the New Generation Broadband Broadcasting Program (PEBA-NGA), co-financed with ERDF, the Government approved in 2018 the grant of 185 grants for 122.67 million euros for the deployment of very high speed broadband, which It will facilitate access to 100 Mbps to more than 1,792,000 inhabitants in 3,865 unique population entities. In 2019, the budget of PEBA-NGA is 150 million euros, which is expected to provide coverage of 100 Mbps to approximately 2,196,000 people who currently do not have it, mostly in rural areas.

The following table shows the population coverage by Autonomous Community currently registered and those estimated after the execution of the ongoing projects.

Population coverage by Autonomous Community currently registered and those estimated after the execution of ongoing projects
Autonomous community

≥ 100 Mbps

2018

Estimate ≥ 100

2020 Mbps

Andalusia77.4%86.5%
Aragon79.2%85.1%
Asturias (Principality of)80.3%83.4%
Balearic Islands (Illes)85.6%88.4%
Canary Islands74.6%86.5%
Cantabria75.1%81.0%
Castile and Leon65.4%78.3%
Castilla la Mancha64.4%86.4%
Catalonia86.6%92.3%
Autonomous City of Ceuta85.7%86.1%
Autonomous City of Melilla100.0%100.0%
Valencian Community83.4%92.4%
Estremadura55.6%81.2%
Galicia61.5%72.7%
Madrid (Community of)97.1%99.3%
Murcia (Region of)78.3%82.5%
Navarra (Foral Community)80.1%86.4%
Basque Country94.3%95.7%
Rioja (La)86.4%90.7%
TOTAL80.9%88.7%

Preparation and publication of the report

The report is prepared based on the information contained in the coverage maps for technology and speed prepared by the Secretary of State for Digital Advancement, with a geographical breakdown for each of the 61,695 unique population entities in Spain.

For its elaboration the data provided by more than 175 operators were used, as well as the most recent demographic and census published by the National Statistics Institute. The increase in the number of operators from which data has been collected is significant, allowing the accuracy of the report to be increased.



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