The main operators have long been living in a battle to see who has the most advanced own fiber network in Spain, or what is the same, which of them reaches more real estate units. In total, they have already exceeded 22 million homes and 80% coverage in the national territory, but most are located in large cities.

What happens to many small urban centers? That, plain and simple, they must resort to other alternatives to fiber – such as satellite Internet – to enjoy connection. To promote the increase in fiber coverage in these rural areas, there is the New Generation Broadband Extension Program (PEBA-NGA), which has just announced aid for the financial year 2020.

149.50 million euros in aid

Currently, in rural areas, coverage in Spain reaches 46% of households, a figure much higher than the 21% on average in Europe, but which continues to be insufficient. For promote the extension of this coverage of broadband networks, the Government offers a series of public aid.

Among these grants is the New Generation National Broadband Extension Program (PEBA-NGA), aimed at supporting the investment effort of private operators to extend the deployment of very high speed broadband networks (over 100 Mbps) to the most rural and least populated areas.

From 2013 to 2019, the aid was directed exclusively to areas that lacked NGA coverage and plans to provide it within 3 years (NGA white areas). From 2020, aid will be directed also to areas with poor NGA coverage, understood as that provided by a single operator (gray NGA areas) at a speed of less than 100 Mbps.

From 2020 onwards, aid will also target NGA gray areas: those with poor NGA coverage provided by a single operator at speeds below 100 Mbps

Once the projects with grants awarded in the last calls are completed, the objective is for coverage of broadband access of more than 100 Mbps to be located above 91% of citizens. The granting of these grants is largely governed by the respective calls and, as The Economist announced and we have verified in Xataka Móvil, the Resolution that regulates the call 2020 has already been published.

It establishes that the total amount available for this call is € 149.5 million (24.5 million in the form of subsidies and 125 million in that of FEDER advances). This amount is distributed by each of the 45 provinces included in the call; are excluded from it:

The three provinces of the Basque Country (Guipúzcoa, Vizcaya and Álava), as the ERDF aid allocated in the Spanish Multiregional Operational Program ERDF 2014-2020 has been exhausted.
The provinces of Madrid and Barcelona, being below the priority threshold of this call due to the overcoming of 95% of coverage at more than 100 Mbps with the PEBA-NGA projects of previous calls in execution.
The autonomous cities of Ceuta and Melilla, since no eligible areas have been identified in them.

The maximum intensity of the aid varies between 50% and 80%, depending on the Autonomous Community, so that Andalusia, Castilla-León and Galicia They monopolize more than half of the aid, with 42.1 million, 19.5 million and 17 million euros, respectively. It is also established that the award of aid in each province will fall on the best rated project, with the novelty that this year only one single project is accepted per area of ​​competition, which also passes from the circumscribed one to the autonomous community to the provincial one.

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PEBA 2020 grants for rural Internet announced: Andalusia, Castilla-León and Galicia are the main beneficiaries