Mapping broadband coverage in Spain

Broadband Coverage in Europe in 2011 - key results for Spain

One of the European Union’s most ambitious targets is to make sure that all its citizens can get access to superfast broadband at home, if they choose, by 2020. A new study by broadband specialists Point Topic shows Spain is now almost 61% towards achieving that aim.

Download report – Broadband Coverage in Europe in 2011 – Spain

National coverage by broadband technology – Spain

Spain broadband coverage by technology combination - BCE 2011

Spain broadband coverage by technology combination – BCE 2011

Spain has made a major commitment to developing its broadband infrastructure and it is ahead of European averages on all technology combinations.  In particular it has a higher Total NGA coverage than any of the other larger European countries except Germany, and despite its thinly populated countryside it is well ahead of the average for Rural Standard Coverage.

The backbone of Spain’s NGA coverage is provided by an extensive cable network, covering 54% of the population and mostly upgraded to Docsis 3.  VDSL and FTTP make a contribution as well, although slightly below average.

Spain superfast broadband coverage map

Spain superfast broadband coverage map

The benefits of using the full range of technologies are seen in rural areas, where VDSL accounts for almost all the NGA coverage.  DSL accounts for most of the RSC.  Although WiMAX is available its coverage seems to be patchy.

NGA broadband maps for Spain

The pattern of broadband coverage in Spain shows a picture of decentralised regional development.  Seven NUTS 3 areas in Spain show 100% standard broadband coverage but they include neither of the two major cities, Madrid and Barcelona.  Like most of the other major city regions in Spain they are both in the 98% to 95% range.  Most other regions have at least 90%.  Only eight of Spain’s 59 NUTS 3 areas have less than 90% coverage, including much of the central uplands in the north of the country and some of the more remote Canary Islands.

The same areas tend to lead with NGA coverage.  Three provinces show 100% NGA – all among the seven leaders in standard broadband – and those with at least 65% are well spread throughout the country.  Most of the other mainland provinces have at least 32% NGA coverage or more.  Of the 15 provinces with less than 28% coverage, many are either overseas provinces or Mediterranean islands.

Coverage in Spanish NUTS 3 areas outside mainland Europe

Country NUTS code NUTS area name Standard coverage NGA coverage
Spain ES630 Ceuta 92.2% 0.9%
Spain ES640 Melilla 96.6% 0.0%
Spain ES703 El Hierro 81.5% 24.2%
Spain ES704 Fuerteventura 87.8% 14.4%
Spain ES705 Gran Canaria 96.7% 14.8%
Spain ES706 La Gomera 85.0% 35.3%
Spain ES707 La Palma 90.5% 13.4%
Spain ES708 Lanzarote 94.7% 12.2%
Spain ES709 Tenerife 95.5% 9.7%

Find out more

Point Topic maps broadband coverage in every square kilometre across Europe. For more details, please visit the Broadband Competition Map of Europe page or contact Tim Johnson at tim.johnson@point-topic.com or telephone +44(0)20 3301 3303.

Data tables for Spain

Demographics

Statistic National
Population 45,283,259
Persons per household 2.7
Rural proportion 20.0%

Coverage by technology

Technology Total Rural
DSL 93.3% 90.1%
VDSL 11.6% 12.6%
FTTP 9.7% 0.4%
WiMAX 12.2% 7.0%
Standard cable 53.8% 0.4%
Docsis 3 cable 51.7% 0.4%
HSPA 97.1% 88.0%
LTE 0.0% 0.0%
Satellite 100.0% 100.0%
Standard Combination 96.9% 91.1%
NGA Combination 60.7% 13.0%

 

 

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