In the space of just thirty years, the world has undergone a major transformation from analogue to digital, until it ended up turning around the Internet. An evolution which has affected the economic, social, political, scientific and cultural structures and from which Spain has not been excluded. In a record amount of time Spain has taken a leading role in the area of internet connection and communication technologies.
In actual fact, Spain has become the fifth ranked country in the European Union and eighth in the World with the highest Internet inclusion according to the report Inclusive Internet Index 2019, commissioned by the Intelligence Unit of The Economist and Facebook. With a score of 84 out of 100, it outperforms technological powers like France, Japan and Germany, as well as other European countries like Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands, in a ranking headed by Sweden, Singapore and the USA. The study ranks Spain as the first European country in terms of capacity; in other words, skills, cultural acceptance and Internet development policies; and second in terms of quality and range of infrastructures.
A further aspect in which we are a world benchmark. Spain is the third ranked country of the OECD with the greatest fibre-to-the-home technology network (FFTH), only behind Japan and Korea. In 2018, 14.68 households were connected to the Internet in Spain; well ahead, for example, of France, the second European market which has committed most to FOTH, with 10.8 million homes connected to Fibre Optics. Germany, the UK and Italy are well behind in terms of deployment.
The progress made has been immense and in record time. In less than a decade Spanish telecommunications has made a major investment in fibre optics, wiring virtually the whole country with high technology and allowing high-speed Internet access.
More connection, more business opportunities
The existence of a high-speed, efficient telecommunications’ network has made Spain the 23rd country in the world with the best conditions for technological companies that decide to establish themselves there, according to The Economist Intelligence Unit.
In actual fact, Madrid and Barcelona are on the list of the ten European cities where more digital startups began in 2018, according to a report by the Mobile World Congress Barcelona, Startup Ecosystem Overview 2019. This report stresses that Spain is the European country which has grown most in terms of the percentage of professional developers (more than 15%) and it is the fourth exporter of talent. Spanish technological startups, according to the MWC study, prefer to develop businesses as mobile applications, e-commerce or marketplace (a digital commercial showcase).
The fact of the matter is, as stated by the International Telecommunication Union, Spain offers high penetration rates both for fixed and mobile services a major focus on the deployment of high-speed networks, which has consolidated a mature, innovative and well-developed telecommunications’ market in which technological start-ups can grow and citizens can acquire training and knowledge, express themselves and be informed and connected. In communications matters Spain is also looking towards the future.
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