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As Per Latest Information Telefonica Spain to Close All Copper Exchanges by 2024

Telefonica is committed to achieving zero net emissions by 2040.

In Spain, Telefonica is gradually phasing out copper networks in favour of fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) technology, which is quicker, more dependable, and substantially less carbon-intensive. The final stage of Telefonica’s switch-off procedure, which started in 2014, is the closing of the last 3,329 copper central offices.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • In Spain, the company’s fiber network may minimize environmental effect by up to 94%.
  • By 2040, Telefonica intends to have zero net emissions across the whole value chain.
  • Of the 5,203 central offices that were announced to the CNMC, 2,236 have already been shuttered as of this writing.

As part of its commitment to a more sustainable, high-performance future, telecom giant Telefonica has announced that it will gradually phase out copper networks in Spain. Fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) technology, which is quicker, more dependable, and leaves a substantially less carbon footprint, started to replace Telefonica’s infrastructure in 2014.

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Now that all of its copper exchanges will be shut down by April 19, 2024, the operator will have finished the process in Spain in time for its centennial. The final stage of Telefonica’s switch-off procedure, which started in 2014, is the closing of the last 3,329 copper central offices.

Key to Digitalisation

The fixed network of Telefonica is a key component in enabling digitalization since it offers voice and data transmission services, which need for flexible, dynamic, and secure networks. The business thinks that FTTH and the 5G mobile network, which has already been deployed to reach 85% of the population in the nation with more than 250,000 residents, must be combined in order for Spain to attain ultra-connectivity.

In a statement, Telefonica said: “In this controlled procedure, the CNMC is informed of the shutdown of copper exchanges, which are thereafter closed. Of the 5,203 central offices that were announced to the CNMC, 2,236 have already been shuttered as of this writing. The formal shutdown of the copper service will be finished after these 3,329 more exchanges have been contacted and all of those that have previously been notified have closed.

Path to Sustainability

In Spain, the environmental effect of Telefonica’s fiber network is reduced by up to 94%, which is 18 times less than copper for equal data usage. The company’s prior efforts in terms of energy efficiency, technological design and execution, and investment in renewables are what led to this.

In addition, a single fiber exchange may support four copper exchanges’ worth of accesses. From moving 2G/3G networks to 4G/5G networks with a 7 times lower effect per similar use, Telefonica has demonstrated the same degree of dedication.

Reduction in CO2 emission

Since 2015, in Spain, Telefonica has managed to reduce CO2 emissions from its operations by 96% (scopes 1 and 2) and energy consumption by 12%, although data traffic has multiplied by 4.7 in the same period.

The goal of Telefonica is to maintain constant energy use as data traffic rises. The use of renewable energy in all activities, together with other efficiency and network modernization projects like switching from copper to fiber, are examples of sustainability management initiatives. By 2040, the corporation plans to have zero net emissions across the whole value chain.

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Written by Shallu Srivastav

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