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Flagship Case Study
Roll-out of
fibre
in Spain

What is it…

Completely replacing Telefónica’s fixed network in Spain, based on copper, with a fibre optic network, which entails the following processes:

Fibre optic deplyment Customers migration between technologies Shutting down the copper network Compaction of the network and closure of technical buildings Dismantling of the copper network and recycling of its components

Thanks to fibre optics, Telefónica would have a network that is better prepared for the future and that can cope with the demands of 5G, virtualization and services such as Cloud Computing, Edge Computing, Big Data o Analytics.

image/svg+xml Telefónica is Europe’s FTTH Leader: There is more fibre in Spain than in UK, Germany, France, Italy and Portugal. 21 million premises passed, which means 71% of Spanish homes.

Our objectives…

In line with our global objectives, this transformation project seeks to achieve maximum business and environmental efficiency in the deployment and maintenance of our network. In a exponential data traffic growth scenario, we have set the following objectives:

In 2018 we have managed to reduce our energy consumption by Petabyte 64% compared with 2015.

Why is it important…

Fibre is much more efficient than copper and it plays a key role in sustainable connectivity. Specifically, this initiative represents:

  • Simplification of processes: The processes of provision and maintenance would be on a single access network.
  • Space savings: fibre: 10 times less cross-section, 100 times more capacity. A 2,400-pair copper bundle serves 2,400 customers.A 256-fibre cable serves 16,384 customers.
  • Quality of the network and reduction of maintenance and support resources: With fibre half as many faults occur as with copper, which reduces the number of call-outs, the need for spare parts and logistics.
  • Closure of exchanges: fibre optic connections have 4 times more range (distance) than copper connections, which means that we could progressively be closing technical buildings.
  • Energy savings: Access by fibre consumes between 7 and 20 times less energy per user (>85% efficiency) than access by copper (depending on the use of the equipment).
  • Circular economy: The closure of the copper network allows the recycling of plant equipment and the recovery of cables to obtain secondary raw materials: metals, rare earths, etc.
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Facilitating digital education, entrepreneurship, new business models and relationships, greater work-life balance, better access to health services and the establishment of population in rural areas.
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2 A new model for relationships between customers and services based on self-installation/self-provision, flexibility and immediacy. 1 Greater simplification and environmental efficiency in the operation of our business 3 A social and economic impact on people, companies and territories.

What we have already achieved: 2015 – 2018…

Between 2015-2018 we have achieved important impacts in:

image/svg+xml » Spain has the largest fibre-to- the-home network in Europe (larger than the current networks of Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy and Portugal) , with about 4 million connected customers and more than 21 million premises passed. » 208 GWh of energy saved in the period. » 56,500 tCO 2 avoided, equivalent to the carbon captured by more than 900,000 trees. » 300,000 elements switched off. » 255 exchanges closed. » Various studies indicate that communities with high broadband connections have higher GDP than others that do not have this type of connection, with an increase of 1.1% in GDP (1) . Society Environment (impact in 3 years) Business

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