Spain has proposed to become a nerve center for the interconnection of dozens of submarine cables for telecommunications services. As recognized by Roberto Sánchez, Secretary of State for Telecommunications and Digital Infrastructures, the Government will carry out a promotional activity to facilitate this type of activity given the technical and geographical qualities of the country.
“It is a private and very dynamic activity, so economic aid will not be provided, but administrative barriers will be eliminated,” says Sánchez. The objective is to “highlight the strengths of the large interconnection networks and the quality of the data processing centers.”
In his speech at the 35th Meeting of the Digital Economy and Telecommunications, organized by Ametic, the representative of the agency dependent on the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation also highlighted the strengths to make Spain one of the great centers for the production of audiovisual services , from cinema, tv series, video games, 3D animation and eSports.
Sánchez also indicated that the next auction of 5G frequencies, corresponding to the 26 GHz band, will be held at the end of this year or the beginning of next. It is about the commissioning of millimeter bands, which provide very high speeds and connection capacities but with a very short range, ideal for industrial environments, as well as airports, convention centers or business areas with many concurrent users. In this case, the Government contemplates the partial concession of these frequencies for shared use by the companies.
For her part, Carme Artigas, Secretary of State for Digitalization and Artificial Intelligence, encouraged in the same sectoral meeting that they adopt the multiplier mechanisms promoted by the Administration and address the modernization of their organizations. “Our SMEs are not digitized and therefore are not competitive,” warns Artigas after recalling that the digitization plan for SMEs has 4,500 million.
“I have been a businesswoman and I know that an SME does not read the BOE or waste a morning in filling out an application”, so that I can put the conditions on the market but if nobody goes to look for them it is useless. Added to this is another 2,600 million for the plan to modernize the public administration, a group that “must stop being a source of bureaucracy.”