The 5G network of the Spanish operator Telefonica already reaches 80% of the country’s population, reported the local press.
The operator’s goal was to cover 75% of the Spanish population with 5G by the end of 2020.
According to the report, Telefonica currently offers 5G connectivity to around 1,300 cities across Spain.
With the installation of more than 4,000 nodes, all provincial capitals, main Spanish cities and towns in all Autonomous Communities will have access to Telefónica’s 5G network.
In its first deployment phase, the company is working with the latest generations of radio that enable dual 4G and 5G use, the telecommunications company recently announced in a statement.
This first deployment uses current locations and infrastructure and will be supplemented in the medium and long term by new base stations and small cells depending on capacity and coverage requirements, the telecommunications company announced.
In September, the Spanish operator announced the introduction of non-standalone (NSA) commercial 5G services in the country.
The telecommunications company offers its 5G service over frequencies in the 3.5 GHz and 1.8-2.1 GHz bands. The Spanish government expects to award spectrum in the 700 MHz band for the provision of 5G in the first quarter of 2021.
Telefonica had previously signed commercial agreements with European providers Nokia and Ericsson to supply the devices and services for the introduction of 5G.
Telefonica is initially using Ericsson devices to deploy 5G in its key urban areas, while Nokia’s devices will be used to deploy 5G in an upcoming phase of the 5G deployment plan. The operator also opted for solutions from Juniper Networks for the security of its 5G network infrastructure.
Telefónica previously said that it initially introduced 5G services thanks to a technology that combines the use of NSA (not standalone) 5G and DSS (Dynamic Spectrum Sharing). Telefonica announced that it will roll out a standalone (SA) 5G network across Spain as soon as the technology is “fully available” after standardization.
The competing operator Vodafone has Spain’s first commercial 5G network in June 2019 in Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Seville, Malaga, Zaragoza, Bilbao, Vitoria, San Sebastian, La Coruna, Vigo, Gijon, Pamplona, Logrono and Santander opens up that it is working with Huawei and Ericsson in the provision of the 5G network.
Telekom’s 5G network currently reaches 21 cities across the country.
Orange now offers 5G services in 45 cities across Spain.
Cities covered by Orange’s Non-Standalone (NSA) 5G network include Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Seville, Malaga, Zaragoza, Logroño and Pamplona.
Orange has already announced that it will roll out 5G in 93 cities across Spain before the end of 2020.
Masmovil launched 5G last year and the telecommunications company’s network currently offers this technology in 19 Spanish cities.