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Broadband in Spain

Digital connectivity and 5G rollout are among the ten strategic priorities of the Spain Digital 2025 Agenda.

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Summary of broadband development in Spain

The Spain Digital 2025 Agenda supports EU connectivity objectives. It aims to extend ultrafast network coverage to the entire population and prepare 100% of the radio spectrum for 5G by 2025. These objectives are operationalized in the Plan for Connectivity and Digital Infrastructures and the Strategy to Promote 5G Technology, respectively.

National broadband strategy and policy

Responsible authorities

Main aims and measures for broadband development

The Spain Digital 2025 Agenda outlines ten strategic priorities to advance the country's digital transformation in line with EU Gigabit objectives. Regarding broadband, it aims to guarantee 100 Mbps coverage for the entire population by closing the digital gap between urban and rural areas. Moreover, it seeks to advance 5G deployment by preparing the entire radio spectrum accordingly.

To achieve the broadband objectives incorporated in the Spain Digital 2025 Agenda, the Spanish Government published a new connectivity plan and 5G strategy in December 2020.

The Digital Infrastructures and Connectivity Plan outlines actions to cover 100% of the population with more than 100 Mbps by 2025. It focuses on rural areas that are not covered by the operators’ own deployment plans. Moreover, the plan includes measures to achieve 1 Gbps connectivity in data-intensive industry and research areas.

The Strategy for the promotion of 5G technology complements the national connectivity plan to account for the different level of maturity and transformational impact of 5G compared to, e.g., fibre. The strategy outlines actions to improve spectrum assignment and management, and incentivize 5G deployment and use, including through an updated regulatory and legal framework.

The National Telecommunications and Information Society Observatory (ONTSI) provides public information on the digital transformation to support the assessment and, where necessary, adjustment of the actions developed within the framework of the Spain Digital 2025 Agenda.

The roadmap to implement the Connectivity Toolbox includes several measures to reduce costs. The main measures include streamlining permit granting procedures, improving the single information point and increasing the transparency of physical infrastructure.

National and regional broadband financial instruments

  • Implementation of the Spain Digital 2025 Agenda between 2020 and 2022 is intended to be financed with around EUR 20 billion in public funds, of which approximately EUR 15 billion EUR is intended to come from the various EU programmes and new financing instruments under the Next Generation EU Recovery Plan. This is expected to be complemented by around EUR 50 billion from the private sector.
  • The Plan for Connectivity and Digital Infrastructures and the Strategy to Promote 5G Technology are intended to receive EUR 4.3 billion of public funding between 2020 and 2025. They are expected to mobilise private investment of an additional EUR 24 billion within this period.
  • Recovery and Resilience Plan (RRP): Spain’s RRP includes significant investments to close the existing digital divide between urban and rural areas in fixed and mobile broadband networks. E.g. expansion of ultra-fast broadband connectivity (above 100 Mbps) mainly in rural areas and areas of historical value, which currently do not have such connectivity, will be supported with EUR 812 million. Several measures specifically support 5G connectivity and the plan includes reforms to reduce costs and facilitate deployment.
  • Among the RRP measures, the UNICO-Banda Ancha programme has allocated EUR 250 million in the 2021 call to provide ultrafast fixed broadband networks in rural, remoted and less populated areas. This programme is an evolution of the previous national funding programme PEBA-NGA that supported the roll out of next-generation broadband networks in Spain from 2013 to 2020 and was co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
  • Regarding 5G strategy to incentivize roll out, main relevant financial measures included in the RRP have been set. Among others, the extension of the duration of 700 MHz licences (minimum 20 years with potential 20 years of prorogue) and some taxation reforms, such as the temporary reduction of annual spectrum tax for 5G bands, and the review of the operators´ contributions to the annual tax to finance Spanish public television (TV tax) were introduced. On 15 December 2021, European Commission approved EUR 150 million Spanish scheme under Recovery and Resilience Facility to support deployment of passive infrastructure for mobile networks

Data on broadband development and technologies in Spain

For the latest data on broadband coverage, take-up, subscriptions and penetrations, coverage of different broadband technologies and costs, check the scoreboard reports and the country reports of the Digital Economy & Society Index (DESI).

Spectrum assignments for wireless broadband

For details on harmonised spectrum assignments consult the European 5G Observatory.

Publications and press documents

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Spanish

Contact information

BCO Spain (national Broadband Competence Office): Spanish Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation

Address: Paseo de la Castellana 162, 28046 Madrid, Spain
Contact via email
Phone: +34 91 34 62 721
Website

Secretary of State for Digital Progress (Secretaría de Estado para el Avance Digital, SEAD)

Address: Paseo de la Castellana 160, 28046 Madrid, Spain
Contact via email
Phone: +34 91 349 46 40
Website

National Commission for Markets and Competition (Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia, CNMC)

Address: Alcalá 47, 28014 Madrid, Spain
Contact via email
Phone: +34 91 432 9600
Website

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