• The grants, co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), will support the digital connectivity of the entire territory through the deployment of broadband in 33 provinces, with a total investment of 186 million euros and aid for an amount of 105, 77 million euros
  • With the projects committed to in this call, 93% coverage will be achieved throughout the territory, advancing towards the objective of the Spain Digital 2025 agenda of reaching 100% broadband population coverage at speeds of at least 100 Mbps
  • In order to reinforce coverage in rural or less populated areas, the 2020 call incorporates certain innovations aimed at mobilizing public and private investment in gray areas

The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation has published the provisional resolution of the 2020 call for the New Generation Broadband Extension Program (PEBA-NGA), by which 653,157 households and companies without access to this technology will benefit from coverage so far. This program, managed by the Secretary of State for Telecommunications and Digital Infrastructures, is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

After evaluating the 108 proposals received, it has been proposed to grant aid to 33 projects, aimed at 33 of the 45 provinces initially planned: Cádiz, Córdoba, Huelva, Seville, Asturias, Las Palmas, Cantabria, Ávila, Burgos, León, Palencia, Salamanca, Segovia, Soria, Valladolid, Zamora, Albacete, Ciudad Real, Cuenca, Guadalajara, Toledo, Girona, Lleida, Tarragona, Castellón, Valencia, Badajoz, A Coruña, Lugo, Ourense, Pontevedra, Navarra and La Rioja.

Work is underway on a forthcoming partial call to develop broadband extension projects in the provinces where no proposals have been submitted that meet the established requirements.

The projects approved to different operators represent a total investment of 186 million euros with aid amounting to 105.77 million euros.

The aid is granted for the extension of ultra-fast broadband electronic communications networks in the so-called white areas: those without current coverage and that have no deployment forecasts in the next three years. In addition, this year, as a novelty, it has also been possible to include aid for gray areas, those where there is a single operator that can provide services at speeds of more than 30 Mbps, but without exceeding 100 Mbps, for which the Government obtained approval from the European Commission.

The extension of broadband to 100% of the population with a speed of at least 100 Mbps is a commitment of the Government included in the Digital Spain 2025 strategy. In order to achieve this objective, the Government is preparing a “Plan for the Connectivity of people, companies and territories ”that serves to extend broadband to the most dispersed rural areas and also contributes to closing the territorial digital divide, facing the demographic challenge and building a more inclusive and sustainable society and economy.

PEBA-NGA Program

The PEBA-NGA Program has been a fundamental instrument to turn Spain into the country with the most extensive fiber optic network in Europe, despite the difficulties posed by the orography and the geographic population dispersion of our country.

According to data from the European Commission, fiber optic coverage to the home (FTTH) reaches 80.4% of the Spanish population, compared to the European average of 34%. In rural areas, the coverage differential in favor of Spain is equally relevant: on average, only 21% of European households have FTTH, compared to 46% in our country.

In the 2013-2019 period, this Program has granted aid to 130 operators to carry out 753 projects with an associated investment of 871.40 million euros and aid of 478.90 million euros. More than half of this amount was granted in 2018 and 2019. In the 2019 call, 140.14 million euros were awarded, which have served to cover 705,974 homes and companies in 12,760 Singular Population Entities (ESP). The 2020 call will cover 653,157 households and companies in 6,682 population entities.

When the projects with aid granted in the previous calls are completed next year, the ultra-fast speed coverage will have reached 91% of the Spanish population. With the projects approved in this call, coverage will reach 93%.

List of projects included in the provisional resolution

Province

Province

Proposed beneficiary

Financeable budget (€)

Amount of aid (€)

UUII
objective *

Technology

CADIZ

eleven

ADAMO TELECOM IBERIA SA

8,149,999.00

5,670,000.00

20,925

FTTH

CORDOVA

14

ADAMO TELECOM IBERIA SA

3,500,245.00

2,366,000.00

7,402

FTTH

HUELVA

twenty-one

ADAMO TELECOM IBERIA SA

10,306,328.00

7,210,000.00

28,114

FTTH

SEVILLE

41

ADAMO TELECOM IBERIA SA

8,917,858.00

6,078,869.00

19,086

FTTH

ASTURIAS

33

ADAMO TELECOM IBERIA SA

12,523,778.00

9,021,273.00

42,831

FTTH

PALMAS (LAS)

35

TELEFONICA DE ESPAÑA, S.A.

994,166.00

745,624.00

4,872

FTTH

CANTABRIA

39

ADAMO TELECOM IBERIA SA

6,039,846.00

2,141,208.00

40,323

FTTH

ÁVILA

05

ADAMO TELECOM IBERIA SA

4,970,876.00

2,053,556.00

12,982

FTTH

BURGOS

09

TELEFONICA DE ESPAÑA, S.A.

4,403,453.00

3,059,017.00

22,367

FTTH

LION

24

ADAMO TELECOM IBERIA SA

10,753,680.00

4,275,705.00

44,272

FTTH

PALENCIA

3. 4

ADAMO TELECOM IBERIA SA

1,843,330.00

1,268,802.00

9,350

FTTH

SALAMANCA

37

TELEFONICA DE ESPAÑA, S.A.

4,068,719.00

2,796,508.00

26,789

FTTH

SEGOVIA

40

TELEFONICA DE ESPAÑA, S.A.

1,331,225.00

854,664.00

4,497

FTTH

SORIA

42

TELEFONICA DE ESPAÑA, S.A.

2,380,066.00

1,633,209.00

10,554

FTTH

VALLADOLID

47

ADAMO TELECOM IBERIA SA

1,511,527.00

854,443.00

4,851

FTTH

ZAMORA

49

ADAMO TELECOM IBERIA SA

7,965,353.00

2,743,896.00

27,940

FTTH

ALBACETE

02

FIBRA MEDIOS TELECOM S.L.

4,893,444.00

3,425,410.00

14,783

FTTH

REAL CITY

13

ADAMO TELECOM IBERIA SA

6,011,240.00

3,085,590.00

13,722

FTTH

BASIN

16

TELEFONICA DE ESPAÑA, S.A.

6,348,516.00

4,428,599.00

19,111

FTTH

GUADALAJARA

19

ANTENAS Y SISTEMAS DE COMUNICACIONES, S.L

5,000,001.00

3,500,000.00

15,967

FTTH

TOLEDO

Four. Five

ADAMO TELECOM IBERIA SA

2,502,756.00

1,400,000.00

6,720

FTTH

GIRONA

17

ADAMO TELECOM IBERIA SA

7,601,104.00

2,005,716.00

37,043

FTTH

LLEIDA

25

ADAMO TELECOM IBERIA SA

7,540,097.00

1,827,944.00

26,286

FTTH

TARRAGONA

43

ADAMO TELECOM IBERIA SA

9,095,196.00

2,567,840.00

50,912

FTTH

CASTELLÓN / CASTELLÓ

12

OPERADORA IBERICA DE REDES Y SERVICIOS DE TELECOMUNICACIONES S.L.

6,951,827.00

3,823,504.00

21,592

FTTH

VALENCIA / VALÈNCIA

46

ADAMO TELECOM IBERIA SA

12,900,030.00

7,095,016.00

29,775

FTTH

BADAJOZ

06

ADAMO TELECOM IBERIA SA

7,497,091.00

4,932,900.00

18,510

FTTH

CORUÑA (A)

fifteen

TELEFONICA DE ESPAÑA, S.A.

4,882,522.00

3,834,567.00

14,030

FTTH

LUGO

27

ADAMO TELECOM IBERIA SA

7,491,480.00

5,853,870.00

26,530

FTTH

OURENSE

32

TELEFONICA DE ESPAÑA, S.A.

2,330,455.00

1,864,364.00

10,047

FTTH

PONTEVEDRA

36

TELEFONICA DE ESPAÑA, S.A.

2,581,609.00

2,065,287.00

5,552

FTTH

NAVARRE

31

TELEFONICA DE ESPAÑA, S.A.

865,449.00

462,916.00

3,629

FTTH

RIOJA (LA)

26

TELEFONICA DE ESPAÑA, S.A.

1,779,745.00

828,356.00

11,793

FTTH

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