The Government will launch aid for 5G in the first quarter of 2022 after the approval of Brussels

The Secretary of State for Telecommunications analyzes the contributions of the European Commission and the public consultation to see if it applies changes.

Image on the possibility of connection offered by the new 5G mobile technology

The government is working on the definitive drafting of the UNICO-5G Redes program, with which it wants to bring the latest generation mobile telephony to those areas of Spain where there is currently insufficient 4G coverage. All this with the aim of being able to launch the first call, endowed with a budget of 150 million euros, in the first quarter of 2022.

The program is now in its final drafting phase after last week the European Commission (EC) gave its approval to the granting of direct aid for the deployment of passive infrastructures for the provision of mobile communications services.

According to sources from the Secretary of State for Telecommunications and Digital Infrastructures to EL ESPAÑOL – Invertia, the intention is that the call launch within the first three months of 2022although they detail that it will not be something immediate after the return of the Christmas holidays.

Precisely it is being valued at the moment if it is necessary change some of the initial approaches that had been set for the program that the Secretary of State led by Roberto Sánchez submitted to public consultation last summer.

In this analysis, both the contributions made in said public consultation and the considerations provided by Brussels are being taken into account, since these aids I know fully financed through the Recovery and Resilience Mechanism.

direct aid

All investments and reforms that involve some form of state aid included in the national recovery plans presented by the countries must be notified to the Commission for prior approvalunless they fall under one of the block exemption rules already identified.

In this case, after analyzing the Spanish proposal for the call for the UNICO Program – 5G Redes, the EC has concluded that the designed regime, which will be in force until December 31, 2025conforms to the rules of the European Union (EU) on state aid.

Specifically, understand that the measure will facilitate the development of an economic activity, is necessary and proportionate and has sufficient safeguards to ensure that the aid limits undue distortions of competition. In addition, it does not alter the conditions of the exchanges against the common interest.

In particular, it highlights that this aid cannot be used to meet the coverage obligations linked to the rights to use the mobile spectrum. Municipalities with more than 10,000 inhabitants are excluded from the regimeas well as the areas in which the deployment of mobile networks is already underway or is planned during the next three years.

UNIQUE 5G-Networks

UNICO 5G – Redes is one of the two initiatives launched within the framework of the Program for the Universalization of Digital Infrastructures for Cohesion (UNICO), in which the different calls aimed at facilitating the universalization of access to ultra-fast broadband and the extension of 5G throughout the territory are included

Specifically, it will finance the deployment of passive infrastructures for mobile communications services that guarantee minimum speeds of 30 Mbps download and 10 Mbps upload in areas of Spain where there is currently no 4G mobile coverage with minimum speeds of 10 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload

Passive 4G/5G infrastructures are physical infrastructures to support mobile communications networkssuch as towers, masts or poles, conduits, energy supply systems or connection networks to public energy networks or infrastructure protection elements and systems.

The The objective of these grants is to address the digital divide in Spainstimulate interest in living and investing in rural areas, stimulate economic growth, as well as preserve and create new jobs in the most structurally fragile regions.

Speaking to EL ESPAÑOL – Invertia, Blanca Ceña, general director of Vantage Towers in Spain, has assured that the authorization of state aid “was key to ensure the viability of Unico5G”, and thus take advantage of the opportunity provided by the funds to be able to provide mobile digital connectivity to the inhabitants of Spain who did not yet have it.

In this sense, he has assured that this is an “essential step” to be able to effectively combat the depopulation of those areas of Spain and contribute to changing the ’empty Spain’ for the ‘connected Spain’. In this way, they ensure that “they are not left out of the possibilities” that 5G will bring to society and to the development of the productive fabric.

Panic in the dome of Ser after the ‘institutional’ turn of Prisa and the departure of Sol Gallego

The changes are happening in the editor of the radio station and many believe that new movements could take place.

Cadena Ser radio studio in Madrid, in a file image.

something is changing in Rush. The substitution of Soledad Gallego Diaz by Javier Moreno in the direction of The country It would be only the first symptom of a major editorial repositioning, according to sources close to the editor to this newspaper. A line change that could translate into movements in other group media in the coming months.

as already told investedThe return of Xavier Moreno after six years it represented a nod to the institutional powers, to the PSOE and to the most important companies. With the new director The country the greater proximity of the newspaper to these groups of influence took place and its return means the return to these essences, the same ones that it cultivated Juan Luis Cebrian as CEO of the company.

A preview of the editorial line that comes in Prisa and that could be transferred to other media such as Cadena Ser. Daniel Gavela He was hired as general director of the station in February 2018 and Daniel Anido returned as news director in July of that year. One month after Soledad Gallego Diaz was appointed director The country replacing Antonio Cano.

It was the new times of Rush in which they bet on returning to the essence of social democracya clear ideological positioning to rescue the usual Prisa, close to the sociological left in Spain and orphaned after the increasingly business positioning of Juan Luis Cebrian.

end of 2017 Cebrian ceased to be the CEO of Rush and in May of the following year he was dismissed as non-executive president of The countrydefinitively leaving the company after more than four decades.

2018 changes

A moment that seized the new CEO Manuel Mirat supported by Amber (owner of 29% of the group) and the Spanish shareholders embodied in Javier Monzon -who would later be non-executive president- to make deep editorial adjustments and stage them in the positions that most influenced the company’s journalistic product: The country Y Ser chain.

Daniel Gavela left Ser in 2006 to take over as director of Four and after the merger with Mediaset did not return to Rush. He was appointed director of the Ser in 1994 (1994-2001) and, later Director General of Ser-Unión Radio (2001-2006), with direct responsibility in the content area.

His reincorporation was interpreted as a return to the return of the old Rush. In the case of Gavela, he returned a month after Pedro Garcia Guillen was appointed CEO of Prisa Radio. It was the new old days.

The same goes for Daniel Anido. In July 2018 he relieved José Manuel Romero as news directorto which he rejoined after performing different functions in the international area of ​​Prisa Radio, based in Miami.

He was director of Cadena Ser (2005-2011), director of Informative Services (2002-2005), and regional director of Cadena SER stations in the Basque Country (2000-2002). Another old rocker for the Rush who wanted to return to his essence.

new philosophy

However, two years later this philosophy collides with the new message and the new guidelines that come from part of the Board of directors: approach the Ibex and the institutions. And the situation is different after the departure of Galician Sun of The country.Gavela and Nest, who are in an ideological line very close to the former director of the newspaper Rush.

They are close to PSOE more traditional, to felipismo and progressive. They are also closer to the most classic journalism and do not have a good reception with power and institutional circles.

In this sense, at the top of the Ser there is some concern about the changes that could take place in the coming months. A situation that also comes at a time when the Prisa chain is not going through its best moment of audiences either. At the last EGM in April Being Chain He led again with 4,113,000 listeners, despite losing 35,000 compared to the data for November last year.

cope It follows it ever closer with 3,220,000 listeners, a growth of 96,000 faithful and a 3.1% improvement compared to the previous wave. The distances are the smallest that are remembered to less than a million followers. Some figures that do not support the current management team.