The Canarian Archipelago is a superb location for the establishment and development of any activity related with the information technologies and communications sector, as is shown by the extensive satellite cover (some 50 satellites serve the Islands) and fibre-optic underwater-cable connections.
A number of international telecommunications companies operate in the Islands with a high degree of deregulation and with the most advanced technologies in transmission of information. Regarding mobile telephones, there is currently total cover with the GSM system. Likewise, the UMTS multimedia technology networks are implanted and ADSL technology is deployed for high-speed connections to the internet.
The underwater cable network will also give support to the NAPWACI (Network Access Point of Western Africa and the Canary Islands) Data Centre, an essential element of ALIX, which will be located in Granadilla de Abona (Tenerife), which will make the Canary Islands a reliable point of connectivity with great availability with West Africa.
The planned infrastructure is of high quality and solidity in its network design, and responds to the technical needs and services demanded by telecommunications operators installed in the national territory.