Telefonica has begun to deploy its own mobile network fourth generation (4G) in Santander, where the company expects to reach more than 170,000 users in the first quarter of 2014, although the first services of this network will be available later this October.
The director of Telefonica in Cantabria, Joaquin Gonzalez, has announced on Tuesday at a press conference in which he detailed the deployment of this “ultrafast broadband” alleges that the company “continues to be considered the best phone company and a reliable and stable operator.”
For this purpose it is being constructed to 24 nodes in the Cantabrian capital with which Santander will be in the leading group of Telefonica 4G deployment in Spain. These nodes will be installed before the end of 2013, although the network deployment will culminate in the first quarter of 2014.
The maximum transmission speed of mobile data in this first deployment will be up to 75 Mbps downstream and 25 Mbps upstream for customers of Movistar.
Telefonica’s strategy of Cantabria community also includes investments for installation of 4G, combining this technology with fiber optics and Movistar Fusion product “to offer a comprehensive proposal and real”. In this sense, Gonzalez has revealed that Telefonica will also do an “intensive deployment” of FTTH from late 2013 and during 2014 in commercial and business areas of Cantabria.
In this way, the region will continue to implement this technology in fiber, which is already operational in Candina polygon and connected firms “include the download speed, which facilitates simultaneous multiple users at the same address, as safely and no cuts or disconnections, Gonzalez noted. With this “surge” of deployment combined fiber optic and 4G available in Cantabria Telefonica network both fixed and mobile broadband will be “most powerful, comprehensive and integrated market”, said the regional director of the company.
On the other hand, Gonzalez took stock of the first year Movistar Fusion product in Cantabria. Thus, has indicated that the 66,000 customers Cantabrians who have broadband by Telefonica, 51.4% (33,000) have Movistar Fusion and of those, 12,000 have associated mobile lines.
These customers, who can also access the new 4G network at “no additional charge”, also enjoy the product renewal of Telefonica eliminate remaining in the contract and begin shipping mobile terminals without blocking operator.
In addition, three existing tariffs are replaced by three “most advantageous” for the same price and it adds a whole new way. All ‘Mergers’ become 4G and patterns begin to incorporate fiber Movistar TV Free Mini, as noted by Gonzalez.
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