Orange Spain and Vodafone Spain are to take on Telefónica in the fibre optics market by investing €1,000 million in a joint project aiming to reach three million homes, offices and business centres by 2015, and six million by 2017.
Both companies will guarantee use of and access to their respective networks, reports Europa Press. The project aims to reach some 800,000 houses within the first year.
Orange said that its pilot project already reaches some 50,000 homes in Madrid.
Both companies have accused Telefónica of blocking the free market in fibre optics and have warned that if they do not reach an agreement regarding vertical sharing they will call on Spain's telco regulator CMT to force Telefónica to share the infrastructure.
Telefónica reaches 2.2 million homes via FTTH in Spain and faces no real competition in the market.