Updated on Tuesday, 28 September 2021 – 14:43
The operator offers in Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, Valencia and Zaragoza a connection that multiplies the generalized 300 Mbps or 1 Gbps at least by 10. Only Digi offers that much speed.
Jean-Franois Fallacher, CEO of Orange Espaa.EM
Orange launches a fiber network that clearly outpaces those of its main competitors, Telefnica, Vodafone and MsMvil. It’s a matter of speed, specifically 10 Gigabits per second. “We will be multiplying by 10 the speed of the market”, summarizes Diego Martnez, general director of the Residential Business of the operator, asked about it by EL MUNDO. Indeed, in Spanish homes, connections of 300 Mbps or, in the best of cases, 1 Gbps are common.
Those 10 Gbps that are beginning to be marketed are supported by an XGSPON-type network, accessible to both residential and business customers. The data is symmetrical, that is, navigation down and up the information. The deployment begins in five large urban centers: Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, Valencia and Zaragoza. “The coverage will gradually extend as this technology is deployed,” they say from the company.
In the French-based operator, they are aware of the differentiation they achieve with respect to rivals such as Telefnica and Vodafone, although they are also aware that sooner or later 10 Gbps could be found in the range of competitive offers; It is “a limited window of opportunity” in the words of Martnez, consulted by this newspaper in the presentation this Tuesday led by the CEO of Orange Spain, Jean-Franois Fallacher.
In fact, Digi has already presented this month a fiber optic service of the same symmetric speed. At Orange they maintain that their company goes further and encompasses other aspects of connectivity, with “greater coverage than Digi, global, fiber and also 5G”, the new mobile phone network. This combination of data at home and on the mobile phone would set it apart from Digi, second in line for large operators but undeniably strong.
The jump to 10 Gbps means for the consumer that “if the child is downloading the latest update of the PlayStation, the videoconference” of his father will not suffer, as Martnez has stated at the company’s headquarters in Madrid. In fact, exactly that speed is not achieved, since about 13% of the speed is dedicated to correcting errors. Therefore, the real peaks stay below 9 Gbps.
The price for this striking speed jump is 10 euros, which is increased at the cost of packages such as Love Total Plus (2 lines, Netflix and football, for 100 euros) or Love Total Plus 4 (with 4 lines at 130 euros). Thus, by contracting 10 Gbps, those convergent packages will cost 120 euros and 140, respectively.
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