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Spain’s largest telco plans to reach 25 million households with fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) by 2020.

fibra opticaSeen as the leading technology to offer convergent packages, including IPTV and advanced video services such as over-the-top (OTT), streaming and video-on-demand (VOD), fibre has become key in Telefónica’s future in Spain.

According to Luis Miguel Gilpérez, Telefónica Spain’s president, the provider will reach 20 million homes with FTTH by the end of next year, three years after which, it will reach 25 million access points.

In fact, Telefónica’s forecast exceeds the official figures, which cite there being 18.35 million homes in Spain.

Currently, the telco claims to have connected 16 million homes to its fibre network, thus reaching the largest number of potential subscribers. Telefónica will also have to offer network access to its competitors, Vodafone-ONO and Orange-Jazztel, which are also deploying their own fibre infrastructures.

“Spain has a very good starting point thanks to the telecom industry’s investment effort, particularly from Telefónica’s side. Between 2010 and 2015, we have invested around €12 billion,” Gilpérez told news agency Europa Press.