Now that we are starting 2012 it is a good time to recap what happened in 2011 and also predict what will happen in 2012.
2011 was a year of continuity, with small projects being developed (we have helped to develop FTTH in tree small towns) and Telefonica deploying massively FTTH in the big cities (mainly Madrid and Barcelona). ONO pushed hard their “fiber” and are strongly advertising 50Mbps and 100Mbps services (those rates are downstream, upstream is 5Mbps and 10Mbps, respectively).
Telefonica is also offering 50Mbps (5Mbps up) and in December they started to offer 100Mbps to the customers that have also mobile services with the incumbent.
Smaller and local operators are more creative and Adamo, for instance, is offering 100Mbps symmetric services under their coverage area (Asturias and some areas in Barcelona).
I believe that 2012 will be a year where things will evolve in the same way, so we will have Telefonica continuing their FTTH deployments and ONO offering their high-speed DOCSIS-3.0-based services. Municipalities will marginally invest in fiber, as their economic resources will be very limited and this will increase the digital divide between areas where FTTH is present and those which just have DSL technologies.
Thus, we will have a very digital scenario: up to 6Mbps in rural areas (although Telefonica offers 10Mbps through ADSL this datarate is barely achievable) and big cities where CATV and FTTH is present with +50Mbps broadband services.
The next post will be about this digital divide, how we can correct this and what happens if we do not find a solution to this problem. Keep tuned!