France Telecom-Orange España, France Telecom's subsidiary serving Spain, has debuted fiber to the home (FTTH) services near the La Vaguada shopping center and a new set of fiber-based service tariffs.
The new service, which costs €25.95 ($33.94) per month, offers plenty of elements for eligible customers.
Under the new plan, customers will receive a service bundle that includes 100 Mbps speeds, unlimited national wireline voice calling, 1,000 minutes of wireless calls to national mobile numbers, and 300 minutes for calls to 60 international countries.A similar tariff is available with the same features at 25 Mbps for €15.95 ($21.00) a month.
After expanding its network to La Vaguada, Orange said that 40,000 homes in Madrid can access its FTTH services, while passing another 58,000 premises in Catalonia and Asturias.
Orange España is an aggressive purveyor of FTTH. Last month, it announced a €1 billion ($1.3 billion) partnership with Vodafone Spain to build a joint FTTH network covering 50 of Spain's major cities. By March 2014, the joint fiber network will be available to 800,000 premises, which will rise to 3 million by September 2015 and 6 million by 2017.
Although Spain's FTTH market is still arguably nascent, adoption is rising. Spain's telecom regulator Comisión del Mercado de las Telecomunicaciones (CMT) reported 53.6 percent of the 42,380 new broadband subscriptions added in December were FTTH.
Of course, France Telecom-Orange and Vodafone will continue to see plenty of competition from Spain's incumbent telco Telefonica. Telefonica, reports Reuters, will begin offering consumers a 100 Mbps FTTH offer for €30 ($39.17) a month for the first year next Monday.
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