EU-funded program expands rural connectivity in Spain

With public funds, 792 thousand homes are set to receive fiber optic connections ranging from 300 Mbps to 1 Gbps.

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The annual Unico-Banda Ancha grant program has taken a significant stride in expanding connectivity in rural areas in Spain. Through public funds, 792 thousand homes have been notified that they will receive a 300 Mbps fibre optic connection, which can be expanded to 1 Gbps. 

The program leverages Next Generation EU funds to reduce the digital divide, ensure high-speed internet access in previously underserved areas and expand 5G coverage. The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation has also introduced new regulations for subsidies and the identification of areas lacking at least 100 Mbps. 

A public consultation is underway to determine the eligible areas for extending ultra-fast connectivity. The program’s past editions have made substantial progress in achieving connectivity objectives, but rural areas still require attention. The latest edition sets stricter requirements for optimal internet access, including maintaining a speed of 300 Mbps during peak demand. The Unico-Banda Ancha program expects to reduce the digital divide, improve quality of life, and promote economic and social development throughout the country.