The government of Spain has presented the Digital Spain 2025 Agenda, 47 measurements to boost the country’s digital transition as an essential lever to relaunch economic growth, reduce inequality, increase productivity and take advantage of new technology opportunities. For this, 140,000 million euros will be mobilized to implement different improvements in strategic axes such as digital connectivity, imposed 5G technology, digital competition, cybersecurity and more. Among the measures, guarantee that 100% of the population has 100 megabytes to surf the Internet at minimum speed.
Between 2020 and 2022, half of the total investment will be mobilized with a volume of public and private investment of around 70,000 million euros. This will be 20,000 million public investment and 50,000 million private investment of operators and large technology companies. Among the objectives of Digital connectivity, which may be the most interesting for ADSLZone readers, we find the Connectivity Plan, the General Telecommunications Bill or the Plan for attracting cross-border digital infrastructures.
100 megabytes will be the minimum we can hire
The government recognizes that broadband communications infrastructure is a cornerstone of the digitization strategy. Although the networks already have a coverage of 94% for access speed of 30 Mbps and 85% for access speed of 100 Mbps, they still do not reach the necessary quality at remote areas of the territory and small towns. Therefore, the objective of:
Guarantee adequate digital connectivity for 100% of the population, promoting the disappearance of the digital gap between rural and urban areas (goal 2025: 100% of the population with 100 Mbps coverage).
In relation to 5G, which will begin to be deployed massively from next year, although Vodafone already has it active in several cities, the government sets the following objective:
Continue to lead the deployment of 5G technology in Europe, incentivizing its contribution to increasing economic productivity, social progress and territorial structuring (goal 2025: 100% of the radio spectrum prepared for 5G).
Another important aspect is something that they carried in their electoral program and that goes through a kind of internet social bonus. In this case, it is stated that:
The possibility of developing social connectivity bonds for the most vulnerable groups will be explored, linked to other programs aimed at closing social gaps and promoting integration.
Finally, the government will strengthen the General Telecommunications Law to transpose Directive 2018/1972, of the European Parliament and of the Council, of December 11, 2018, establishing the European Code of Electronic Communications. This new law will strengthen the facilities for the deployment of very high-speed networks, promote the deployment of 5G, review the legal framework of emergency services, and advance in strengthening the protection of the rights of digital users. In this case, new mechanisms favoring infrastructure sharing are introduced, which will be transferred to the new legislation.