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Rede Aberta: Spain’s first CEBF-funded broadband project

Rede Aberta is the first Spanish broadband project to be funded by the Connecting Europe Broadband Fund (CEBF). To promote economic growth, stop depopulation and rejuvenate the population of rural Galicia, the open access network will bring 10 Gbps symmetrical fibre connectivity to 400,000 homes. In this video, Pere Antentas, Rede Aberta CEO, explains that the project will help the population take advantage of the area’s “enormous growth potential” and natural resources. It “will allow the telecommunication networks and services to be at the same level as the ones in the big cities of Europe”.

Title over photo of Spanish flag rippling against a clear sky: First project funded by the Connecting Europe Broadband Fund in Spain

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Rede Aberta is especially important for Galicia in this period, as M. Atentas notes:

“The pandemic has logically revealed telecommunications networks as essential. It has brought them to the same level as the electrical networks and the water service.”

The project will use existing infrastructures in order to reduce the costs of deployment and will offer wholesale services to national and local telecom operators. 

M. Antentas underlines that:

“The role of CEBF has been critical in the execution of the project because CEBF has financial muscle and is familiar with these types of projects due to its expertise in developing neutral network in rural and low [population] density environments”.

This video is part of the European Broadband Competence Offices (BCO) Network’s work promoting awareness of the need for ubiquitous high-speed broadband in the EU, as well as of the EU’s support and funding for broadband deployment, and good practices in broadband projects. This includes a series of videosarticles and publications accessible through the BCO Network portal

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