Monday, December 11, 2023

ADSL dies forever: Telefónica closes its copper network

With the enormous deployment of the Fiber network in Spain, and with the commitment of all the operators to this much more advanced technology, it was a matter of time before copper passed away. Now, Telefónica has announced the total shutdown of your copper networkthe technology that for so long gave life to the old internet connections that became popular in Spain.

As the company has confirmed, and coinciding with the centenary of the operator, the total shutdown of the copper network next year.

Telefónica has already communicated to the regulator, the CNMC, the closure of the last 3,329 copper plantswhich will mean completing a closure process, that of the copper network, in which it has been immersed for some time.

In fact, the company started this process in 2014date in which the general deployment of fiber networks was quite common and amplified by the majority of the peninsula and opened the door to shutting down the copper network without many headaches.

By the centenary of Telefónica, it will already have closed its entire copper network

José María Álvarez-Pallete (Chairman, Telefónica).

For Telefónica, putting an end to the copper network represents the definitive boost to the technological renewal of its fixed networks. For the user, it represents a huge leap in performance and speed of the service.

Energy consumption and carbon footprint are also reduced. According to Telefónica, going from copper to Fiber means reducing the environmental impact (energy and other material resources) by up to 94%. Fiber offers 18 times lower consumption than copper before an equivalent data consumption

During the next year, in which Telefónica turns 100, the entire copper network will have closed. In total, there are 8,532 plants: 5,203 closures already reported, to which another 3,329 are now added. Of the first, 2,236 plants have already been closed, of the 5,203 announced to the CNMC.

This is a very important announcement, not only for the company, but also for the entire telecommunications market. With this movement, Spain becomes one of the countries that definitively abandons a technology that, already in disuse, is far behind the advantages offered by fiber optics, and that, combined with 5G deployments, They place Spain among the countries with the most efficient and fastest connections in their environment.

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