The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation has given Hispasat help from the UNICO Rural Demand program that guarantees a flat rate for a broadband connection of at least 100 Mbps and a price of 35 euros per month for users, in rural areas and in rural areas. remote areas where there is no network access at least 50 Mpbs. This program, with a budget of 76.3 million dollars, contributes to closing the connection gap between rural and urban areas, by facilitating access to broadband throughout the Spanish territory, especially in municipalities with low population density, spread and remote, through a satellite technology solution. , as the Ministry reported this Wednesday.
The program also allows the configuration of the platform necessary to provide ultra-fast connection and cover the costs of installation and acquisition of equipment associated with the registration of the end user (up to a maximum of 600 euros per customer). The regulated rate for the end user is 35 euros per month for a service of at least 100 Mbps until December 31, 2027. Hispasat estimates that more than 1.3 million homes and companies throughout the territory will be able to benefit from this service, which is expected to become operational in June. Once it is operational, interested citizens will be able to contact the operators who have signed an agreement with Hispasat to request this service.
The program for the universalization of digital infrastructure for the joint (UNICO) serves as a framework for different calls for aid, including UNICO rural demand, which facilitates the universalization of access to ultra-fast broadband and the extension of 5G in Spain. It is part of the Digital Spain 2026 Agenda Plan Recovery, which aims to achieve broadband coverage of 100 Mbps for 100% of the population in 2025.
The latest report on broadband coverage from the Secretary of State for Telecommunications and Digital Infrastructure, with data from June 30, 2022, indicates that 9 out of 10 homes and companies in the territory had access to a fixed broadband network of at least 100Mbps; in rural areas, it was 7 out of 10 homes and businesses. With the latest consolidated data, the connectivity gap between rural and urban municipalities has been reduced to less than half, from 42.5 points in 2018, compared to 18 points in June 2022.
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