More than 800 ADSL plants closed or in the process of closure
The fiber advances unstoppable
The closure of ADSL exchanges is unstoppable. We already know that Movistar will shut down a copper plant a day until 2020 to finish killing the ADSL. The new technology, fiber optics or FTTH, has already exceeded the ADSL lines in Spain for months. In fact, our country is a world reference in fiber optic deployment and coverage. Today, the CNMC (National Commission of Markets and Competition) has authorized the complete closure of one of the most emblematic centers of Barcelona . In total, there are already more than 800 ADSL plants closed or in the process of closure.
These figures have been released after reporting the complete closure of the Barcelona / Catalunya plant, one of the most emblematic and important in the city of Barcelona. This is located in a building of 1929 and serves to illustrate perfectly the change we are experiencing in Spain with the arrival of fiber optics. In fact, Movistar wants "full coverage" of fiber in 4 years.
800 ADSL plants closed or in the process of closure in Spain
The deployment of the fiber optic network (FTTH) means that ADSL technology is obsolete and there is no point in continuing to maintain it. However, the closure of the plants is a process that can not be carried out without minimum guarantees, since the fiber continues to be deployed at that moment.
Of course, closing plants means saving costs by stopping maintaining the copper network in that area. The problem comes when this plant serves other operators. For this reason, the CNMC has defined the process and deadlines for closures. In the case of the Barcelona plant, its closure has already been announced, but due to its importance, the express authorization of the CNMC has also been necessary.
Another problem with the closure of the plant was that it also provided fiber optic services, which is why the situation is so delicate. Now, the FTTH services have been migrated to the Barcelona / Gracia central office, where they will continue lending normally. The Barcelona / Catalunya plant will thus close definitively and cease to provide any type of telecommunications service.
In total, more than 800 copper plants have notified their closure. Here we have small exchanges, with few copper pairs, and in which there are no co-located operators, and large exchanges with co-located operators. 191 plants have already been closed and another 613 are in the process of closure. Some will be closed this April and others will not be locked until May 2024.
The requirements to close plants are:
- A plant can only be closed when more than 25% of the customers of that plant are connected by alternative means to the copper network (for example, fiber optics).
- If there are alternative operators unbundling the loop, Telefónica must continue to provide this wholesale service for 5 years, plus 6 months of guard. (The alternatives must migrate to their clients in those 5 years).
- If there are no alternative operators in the plant, the guarantee period is reduced to 1 year with the relevant 6 months of storage.
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