Teléfonica has begun the deployment of optical fiber in four Gomeran municipalities, as reported by the company’s regional director Juan Flores to the Chairman of the Island Council, Casimiro Curbelo, and to the mayors of San Sebastián, Alajeró, Valle Gran Rey and Vallehermoso – Adasat Reyes, Manuel Ramón Plasencia, Angel Piñero and Emiliano Coello.
The Chairman, Casimiro Curbelo, described as historic this project that will put La Gomera at the forefront of telecommunications. The investment promoted by the Government of the Canary Islands and co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund will leave in the island about 1.2 million euros and will allow access to optical fiber in various nuclei of the municipalities of Alajeró, San Sebastián, Valle Gran Rey and Vallehermoso.
Curbelo stated that this first phase will bring the fiber to 7,400 users, 57% of the population
Curbelo stated that this first phase will bring the fiber to 7,400 users, 57% of the population, and will allow access to the Internet at a speed of 300 Mbps. “With the expected scope we will position above the capital islands in percentage of users with access to optical fiber”, said the Gomeran leader. He also reiterated the commitment of the Island Council and Telefónica to provide the remaining nuclei that have been left out of this project. “43% of La Gomera is still pending on the arrival of the fiber, something in which we have already worked together with the Government of the Canary Islands, to encourage private investment and allow its deployment in other municipalities.”
He stressed the need to join forces with the municipalities to provide the island with a strategic plan for telecommunications and thanked the interest shown by the territorial director of Telefónica, Juan Flores, faced with the demands raised at the meeting.
For his part, Juan Flores expressed his gratitude for the predisposition of the Gomeran administrations to facilitate the work. He recalled that La Gomera will have the fastest residential access speed in the world in 2017 and opted for the creation of working groups for the introduction of optical fiber in those nuclei that are not within the project. “It will be necessary to attend the 43% of users who are left out, and this will be one of my commitments”, Flores said.
According to schedule, optical fiber will reach 57% of the population before the end of 2017. Specifically, 3,882 users of Valle Gran Rey, 1,276 users of Vallehermoso, 1,152 users of Alajeró and 1,017 users of San Sebastián de La Gomera will be served.