Alicante receives fourth largest investment in Spain for broadband networks with 11.2 million
The Government, through the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation, has just launched the first call for the UNICO-Broadband program, endowed with 250 million euros, whose objective is to extend ultra-fast connectivity to the entire territory. The aid is aimed at telecommunications operators, with the aim that they undertake the deployment of the necessary infrastructures in places with connection difficulties. The funds, in particular, will benefit areas without coverage of at least 30 megabits per second (Mbps) and those with coverage less than 100 Mbps, but with a single operator.
Alicante is the fourth province in the whole territory with the highest allocation, 11,247,613 euros, only behind Valencia, which takes 13,804,350 euros, Asturias, which will receive 12,230,668, and León, which ends up with 11,294,597.
The reason must be found in the number of zones which present coverage issues, a total of 17,980, which places the province of Alicante in second national position, only surpassed by Valencia, with more than 18,000. The podium is completed by Asturias, with 14,300.
Alicante and Valencia are the areas with the most broadband problems in Spain
The Generalitat has actively participated in the detection of the affected areas, and has recently focused on the areas at risk of depopulation, with an update of the data which made it possible to detect six new non-localized areas, including five in Vall d’Alcalà and one in Tàrbena.
The Minister of Innovation, Caroline pascual, emphasizes that “the Valencian Community has a connectivity higher than the Spanish average, 94.2%, if we analyze it in terms of population”, despite which he adds that “there are still areas that are not connected and we must find a solution between all “.
The problems of the province of Alicante focus on about twenty municipalities, such as Jijona, Orxeta, Beniardà, Sella, Sagra, Rafol d’Almúnia, Vall d’Alcalà, Vall de Gallinera, Benissa, Murla, Atzúbia, Benidoleig, Llíber, Benillup, Benilloba, Planes, Fageca, Agres, Famorca and Quatretondeta.
The mayor of Vall d’Alcalà, Pablo Martinez, stresses that the future of rural areas is at stake, “because at a time when teleworking prevails, it is essential to have good coverage to avoid increasing depopulation”. In similar terms it is expressed Javier Navarro, first mayor of Benillup, who regrets that they only have telephone coverage from a single operator and that to have internet “you have to install private antennas”. Javier Sendra, Mayor of Planes, underlines that “broadband is today a fundamental service, and we are making arrangements for it to be extended to the district of Margarida, the only place it does not reach”.
The problems in Xixona lie in the industrial zone of Espartal, for which, after multiple efforts, two operators have already submitted deployment plans, says the mayor, Isabelle Lopez.