Almost 100 million people are not connected or suffer from poor connectivity in the countries where Telefónica carries on its business, mainly in Latin America. For this reason, we have launched our Internet for All programme, which reinvents how we design, deploy, operate, maintain and commercialize networks to take profitable mobile Internet access to the entire population.
With a focus on minimizing costs to ensure economic sustainability, we have designed a new open business model with a flexible and secure architecture to outsource our networks for management by new partners, i.e. rural operators, while maintaining end-to-end control by Telefónica.
In short, we are reinventing the concept of a 21st century Telco through innovation, efficiency, a new supply chain, open technology and operations based on a start-up model.
By the year 2025, we aim to reach 100 million people who are either not connected or suffer from poor connectivity in Latin America.
SUSTAINABLE TRANSFORMATION OF THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS VALUE CHAIN
Connectivity and access to the Internet are proving to be key to addressing the challenge of digital inclusion and improving the economic and social development of more underprivileged communities. In Latin America, thanks to the adoption of the Internet and, mainly, mobile broadband, we are reducing one of the main barriers to digital inclusion by providing infrastructures and connectivity for rural populations who have been generally ignored.
Digital inclusion offers opportunities at different levels:
These are all key opportunities for maintaining growth levels in developing countries.
However, the Internet for All programme not only has an impact on society, but is also an opportunity for economic growth for Telefónica.
It affords the possibility to evaluate new business models and connectivity technologies in geographical areas not explored until now, increasing our customer base in new markets.
The connectivity factory comprises a set of tools, processes and technologies that define a rural network production line.
In 2017 and 2018, we have incubated this rural connectivity model in Peru, bringing Internet access to part of the population in remote areas of the country.
PROJECT COVERAGE UP TO NOW: