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MADRID | This agreement over a strategy to increase the Spanish fibre optic network represents a leap forward in bringing this technology to more households and businesses across the country.

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TelefónicaVodafone and Orange announced Wednesday an agreement to share vertical fibre optic infrastructures in buildings.

The agreement details the types of buildings in which vertical infrastructures will be shared and the technical procedures that will make this possible. The operators will gradually specify the cities, areas and building in which they want to roll-out optical fibre and the Building Manager Operator will prepare an infrastructure delivery plan.

The agreement also includes the option to transfer existing undertakings or for each company to build its own.

The partnership is based on a principle of reciprocity, so that all three operators can use its rivals’ vertical roll-outs wherever they may need them. After signing the agreement, the infrastructure that Telefónica has already rolled out could gradually be used by Vodafone and Orange. In return, when these operators roll-out new infrastructures where Telefónica does not have coverage, Telefónica can also ask to share its rivals’ vertical infrastructures.

Vertical infrastructures in buildings will be shared through a single payment for each vertical infrastructure, which will give the operator the right to use it for no less than 20 years. The prices that will govern this use will be set, via resolution, by the Spanish Telecommunications Market Commission.

This agreement represents a leap forward in bringing this technology to more households and businesses across Spain.

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