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We work for digital convergence with Europe
General information

We play an essential role in executing and deploying the plans of the Digital Agenda for Spain and we have a clear goal: to work for digital convergence with Europe to improve public services and develop the digital economy. is a public corporate entity belonging to the Ministry of Energy, Tourism and the Digital Agenda (MINETAD), and which depends on the Secretary of State for Information Society and Digital Agenda (SESIAD). We develop programmes to stimulate the digital economy, innovation, entrepreneurship, training for young people and professionals and to support SMEs by encouraging efficient and intensive use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). We also deploy programmes to implement technology in Government public services (particularly in Health, Justice and Education) and we work to develop Smart Cities and Islands. Many of the projects we implement from are possible thanks to funding from the European Union, through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Social Fund (ESF).


At we also manage “.es” domains, RedIRIS, ONTSI and the Centre of excellence for open source software (CENATIC). Furthermore, we work for Internet security in collaboration with INCIBE.                       

2002: An entity is created to develop the Information Society 
The public corporate entity was founded in 2002, as part of the XXL Info Plan and is Spain’s response to the e-Europe project. The statutes of the new entity confer it the following duties:
  • Foster and develop the Information Society.
  • Manage .es domain name and address registers.
  • Take part in the ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) and act as ministerial advisor for pertinent issues.
  • Establish an observatory for Telecommunications and the Information Society
  • Draft studies and reports, and advise the General State Administration and other entities.

Promoting the first programmes takes advantages of the public structure of the Spanish television network (Retevisión) after the audiovisual sector is deregulated and this company privatised. In addition to inheriting .es domain management, the new entity promotes programmes such as Internet in Schools or Internet in Libraries.
The Españ Programme is approved and implemented in 2004 and 2005. It emphasises disseminating the Information Society and sets the foundations for new activities. This period sees the implementation of the electronic signature, online register service and and campaigns designed to inform of the possibility of Internet in the rural environment, and to train parents on secure Internet use for children.

Avanza Plan
In 2005, the European Commission approves the i2010 initiative, which leads to the 2010 Ingenio Programme in Spain. New areas of action are established and major programmes promoted at, such as Sanidad en Línea or Registro Civil en Línea.
In 2009, policies related to implementing new technologies are revised and the Avanza 2 Plan is created. Its lines of action are: developing ICTs, digital public services, infrastructure, adopting Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT), and trust and security. For this means intensifying some of the programmes already ongoing and adopting new ones, such as the electronic ID or the Aporta project, which involves launching the portal to organise and manage the General State Administration public information catalogue.

Digital Agenda for Spain 2013-2015: major challenges 
Work on the Digital Agenda for Spain begins in 2012, in line with the priorities of the Digital Agenda for Europe. It focuses on creating employment, increasing productivity and competitiveness, and reducing public spending. Implementing and continuing the agenda today involves new challenges and priorities for the public entity, while strengthening programmes such as Vendes en Internet, Hoteles en Red or Ciudades Inteligentes.

Domains is the Spanish authority entrusted with assigning and managing “.es” domain name, identified with our country, the Spanish language and Hispanic culture. “.es” is the most commonly used domain in Spain, with registrations already exceeding 1.8 million.
Managing the domain names Register includes implementation, maintenance and operation of the resources, applications and the databases necessary for correctly running the Internet domain names system under the country code corresponding to Spain (".es").
 All actions are carried out in accordance with the guidelines set out by the Spanish Government and in compliance with the ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers) in addition to international market guidelines. is committed to making the “.es” domain a quality domain, secure, easy to acquire and renew, economically competitive and with a range of unique value-added services such as the Dispute Resolution Procedure (DRP). We want the “.es” domain to be an international benchmark for the Spanish language, to be used by Internet sites with Spanish contents, in a world of over 400 million Spanish-speaking people.


One of our duties at is to manage RedIRIS, the Spanish academic and research network that has been providing advanced communication services to its affiliated institutions, primarily universities and public research centres, since it was founded in 1988.
RedIRIS, which is funded by the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness (MEIC), plays a major role in e-science in Spain; for this reason the MEIC has included it on its Map of Unique Scientific and Technical Facilities. This map includes the main facilities dedicated to research in Spain.
In order to provide users with the best possible connectivity and to keep abreast of the latest telematic services, RedIRIS cooperates with other academic and research networks, both regional and international. Examples of these include the pan-European academic network GÉANT, which is jointly managed by RedIRIS and through which it connects with other academic and research networks both in Spain and in other European countries, as well as with research networks on other continents.
RedIRIS also provides other ICT services to its over 500 affiliated institutions: digital identity federation (SIR); access to university wifi networks (eduroam); digital certificates; distribution lists; anti-spam filters; security services, and consultancy and dissemination, etc.


The Spanish National Observatory for Telecommunications and the Information Society (ONTSI) is attached to the public corporate entity Its mission is to monitor and analyse the Telecommunications and Information Society sector. ONTSI prepares, collects, synthesises and systematises indicators, performs studies, and offers news and updates on the Information Society; it is currently the leading public observatory on this sector in Spain. ONTSI also functions as a meeting place and forum for the ICT sector and the various public authorities for defining and evaluating policies.

CENATIC manages the Centre of Excellence for Open Source Software (CENATIC), which promotes knowledge and use of freeware and open sources in Spanish society. Freeware is a way of developing and distributing software applications; the type of licence offers users more freedom. Advantages include independence from the software manufacturer, cost savings, greater security and quality, developing the local ICT sector, and generating value in the community.