Andorra Telecom is the company which exclusively provides universal public telecommunications service to the Principality of Andorra. Throughout our history we have adapted our range of services to the changes society has undergone and new needs in terms of connectivity. Our main lines of business are fixed and mobile telephony, internet and data connection services, as well as fibre optic television.
In 2016 Andorra became one of the first countries to abandon copper technology and conducted the migration of all its fixed telephony to fibre optic, a process which was divided into two phases. On 30 June the central and most populated parishes, Andorra la Vella and Escaldes-Engordany, were shut down and, on 31 December, this measure was extended to the rest of the territory.
The fibre optic television services are provided by SomTV, with its own platform and a schedule which brings together the major Spanish, French and mainstream international channels, the entire Movistar package and channels devoted to sport. At the same time, from the standpoint of public responsibility, Andorra Telecom guarantees that digital terrestrial television (DTT) will reach every household.
The other major pillar of our business is the internet. Our commitment to broadband fibre optic as a universal service in 2008 made us a pacesetter on the international stage, a milestone later confirmed in 2014 with the shutdown of copper. At Andorra Telecom we maintain our pledge to constant innovation and, in 2017, we will address the process to change the active network for internet access, entailing the total renovation of the ONTs, the devices users have installed in their homes, as well as the OLTs, which provide a service for multiple customers.
Our traditional telecommunications services are supplemented by other products which enable data storage in both Data Centers and in the Cloud, as well as other innovations for fleet management. We have also initiated an economic diversification process designed to open up new activities and markets, either alone or by means of strategic partnerships with other companies.
Mobile telephony has also followed a course of constant development, from the incorporation of Mobiland GSM in 1995 to 4G technology at a speed of 150Mbps, and now covers the major population centres in the country and a large part of the territory.