Movistar cuts fibre optic rollout after being told to share

I wrote recently about fibre optic internet (offering speeds 33x faster than standard ADSL) being available in this area early next year. Well, a spanner has been thrown into the works after Spanish competition watchdog the CNMC ordered Movistar to share its new fibre optic network with other operators in large cities. In response Movistar says that the fibre optic network will not be profitable in some parts of Spain and has cancelled around 35% Continue reading Movistar cuts fibre optic rollout after being told to share

Leaked railways document confirms no plans for Almeria’s AVE

A leaked document from ADIF, the railways operator, that Ideal newspaper got hold of, appears to confirm that those in power have no plans whatsoever to continue with the Almeria high speed train link. “Not one cent more for the railway in the province” according to Ideal. The document, which is a high level strategy document adjusting the national strategy for railways, says that the AVE to Murcia should be finished off, and then the Continue reading Leaked railways document confirms no plans for Almeria’s AVE

No EU money for AVE line until after 2020 – it’s official, it’s abandoned

The EU has confirmed that it has no plans to finance the local high speed train in Almeria until after 2020. Following on from yesterdays announcement that the local AVE line has been dropped from Europe’s list of “priority rail investments”, the EU budget office has confirmed to Spanish MEP’s that no money will be allocated in the current round of transport investments. This means that Almeria will have to battle for EU cash in Continue reading No EU money for AVE line until after 2020 – it’s official, it’s abandoned

Want to bet the AVE high speed train line is never completed?

Let’s have a little wager, shall we? What’s the betting that the local AVE line is quietly dropped early next year – or, more accurately, the next round of funding is never issued, and the next round of contracts never signed? Here’s my reasoning. There are two great AVE projects underway in Spain. There is the corredor central, which forms part of the great pan European network, from Lisbon to Berlin via Madrid and Paris. Continue reading Want to bet the AVE high speed train line is never completed?