Monday, August 15

249.9 million euros in aid to bring Internet of more than 100 Mbps to the entire Spanish territory: this is the UNICO Program


With the purpose of reduce the digital divide and bring “ultra-fast broadband” to the entire Spanish territory, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation Has published the proposal for the convocation of the UNICO-Wide Bancha Program (Program for the Universalization of Digital Infrastructures for Cohesion).

With this call, some aid of 249.9 million euros with which 52% of the cost of the deployment will be subsidized. The rest will have to be put by the operators in charge of the projects, so the total investment will be 479.45 million. It is, in the words of the Ministry, “the largest grant of aid for broadband extension in history.”

This is how the UNICO-Broadband Program works

The UNICO-Broadband Program aims to bring broadband to 1.27 million homes and businesses which, until now, lack an access speed greater than 100 Mbps. For this, 160 project requests have been analyzed and, finally, the granting of aid to 52 projects present in all the provinces has been proposed.

Most of these areas, more than 4,516 municipalities, are found in white areas and gray areas. What are the white and gray areas? The white areas do not have network coverage of at least 30 Mbps or plans to have it in the next three years. The gray areas, on the other hand, are those that have broadband coverage of less than 100 Mbps by a single operator or that plan to have it in three years.

With these aid, the Government intends that 95% of the population have an Internet connection of more than 100 Mbps in 2023, either through fixed or wireless solutions, with the ultimate goal of 100% coverage in 2025, something marked in the strategy Spain Digital 2025.

Telefónica It has been the one that has received the most aid, with 80% of the total amount (198 million euros). The rest has been divided between Adamo and Avatel. Adamo (27 million euros) will be in charge of the deployment in Huelva, Cantabria, Palencia, Zamora, Toledo and Tarragona. Avatel (24 million euros) in Córdoba, Málaga, Zaragoza, Albacete and Guadalajara. Telefónica in the rest. Orange and MásMóvil have been left out of aid and Vodafone did not appear.

The distribution by provinces, real estate units and municipalities is distributed as follows:

bankable budget

help

real estate units to be covered

no. of zones

number of municipalities

Almeria

5.228.554

4.147.227

11.154

207

43

CÁDIZ

7.035.949

3.173.402

14.728

1.064

35

CÓRDOBA

4.876.479

3.901.183

21.706

4.823

71

GRANADA

11.924.429

7.249.265

32.497

2.545

123

HUELVA

4.587.066

3.031.282

11.569

524

44

JAÉN

7.834.330

3.364.876

14.318

1.912

63

MÁLAGA

9.027.088

7.221.670

37.398

7.508

101

SEVILLA

11.383.166

5.081.954

25.282

1.287

71

HUESCA

9.629.063

4.241.381

19.104

1.321

125

TERUEL

8.113.333

6.352.970

17.691

849

82

ZARAGOZA

8.327.205

6.661.764

47.262

3.432

131

ASTURIAS

24.189.466

12.230.668

56.932

9.406

76

BALEARIC ISLANDS

5.023.163

3.838.550

16.246

4.017

52

PALMAS (LAS)

3.756.597

2.670.469

14.142

1.700

32

SANTA CRUZ OF TENERIFE

3.797.899

2.951.006

15.121

2.223

42

CANTABRIA

7.361.816

4.529.453

23.348

4.024

102

ÁVILA

12.362.719

8.115.376

50.501

999

126

BURGOS

25.287.563

7.552.390

50.091

2.110

168

LION

32.371.245

11.294.597

73.375

4.090

154

PALENCIA

5.843.247

3.729.300

24.966

1.820

133

SALAMANCA

15.474.318

6.654.586

39.095

800

124

SEGOVIA

3.543.443

1.137.929

4.720

201

42

SORIA

18.539.999

6.077.103

33.135

812

123

VALLADOLID

8.388.187

2.546.906

15.347

676

115

ZAMORA

11.271.478

6.771.468

37.126

315

81

ALBACETE

2.272.077

1.817.661

6.010

1.755

11

REAL CITY

7.617.700

2.910.321

9.769

944

34

CUENCA

5.291.911

1.549.871

7.843

528

69

GUADALAJARA

2.790.398

2.232.318

11.344

74

42

TOLEDO

2.322.960

1.753.298

7.187

1.620

36

BARCELONA

10.709.543

4.261.687

21.069

3.489

247

GIRONA

11.924.429

9.520.708

46.164

3.001

161

LLEIDA

18.286.273

7.714.929

46.075

2.887

164

TARRAGONA

8.236.675

6.342.240

25.929

3.569

61

CEUTA

10.285

4.890

27

8

1

ALICANTE

22.699.199

11.247.613

54.819

12.251

134

CASTELLÓN / CASTELLÓ

12.439.110

5.643.677

26.505

4.146

97

VALENCIA / VALENCIA

28.604.683

13.804.350

69.856

11.129

229

BADAJOZ

3.496.775

2.797.420

16.075

3.439

38

CÁCERES

9.112.032

4.404.053

15.510

1.335

61

CORUÑA (A)

4.469.994

3.497.951

15.923

1.890

76

LUGO

16.382.816

10.183.767

45.514

10.352

64

OURENSE

2.973.156

2.358.405

10.138

1.273

80

PONTEVEDRA

6.357.874

3.270.081

17.973

2.300

58

MADRID

7.021.663

3.582.013

17.817

2.172

130

MELILLA

12.687

9.398

57

8

1

MURCIA

18.681.317

9.686.678

44.458

5.676

45

NAVARRA

1.758.314

1.293.485

8.488

589

115

ARABA / ÁLAVA

860.002

369.383

2.179

740

34

BIZKAIA

1.669.132

1.320.562

6.997

1.294

73

GIPUZKOA

3.881.634

1.835.471

10.294

2.899

73

RIOJA (LA)

4.396.039

1.991.117

15.093

1.059

123

total

479.456.480

249.930.122

1.265.967

140.092

4.516

As we can see in the table. Valencia, Asturias, León and Alicante are the provinces to which more aid will be allocated. However, they are Barcelona, ​​Valencia, Burgos and Lleida in which more municipalities will benefit.

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