Masmovil currently has 80 MHz spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band for 5G systems
Spanish telecom operator Masmovil is currently offering 5G services for its Yoigo brand customers in about 900 cities and towns in 40 provinces across Spain, the company said in a release.
According to Telco, 57% of the country’s population is already covered by its 5G network infrastructure. The operator further noted that it has reached 191 new cities and towns in its latest 5G expansion.
The carrier’s 5G service is being offered through a combination of its own infrastructure and a contract with rival operator Orange. Masmovil currently has 80 MHz spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band for 5G delivery.
Provinces that offer 5G carriers include Alicante, Almeria, Asturias, Avila, Barcelona, Cádiz, Cantabria, Córdoba, Granada, Huelva, Huesca, Leon, Lugo, Madrid, Málaga, Melilla, Murcia, Navarra, Orense, Las. Palmas, Pontevedra, La Rioja, Salamanca, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Seville, Valencia, Valladolid, Zamora and Zaragoza. Since September, Telco has expanded its 5G infrastructure to 133 cities across Spain.
The operator added that it aims to continue installing 5G infrastructure in the coming months to expand its current coverage. Masmovil also mentioned that its 5G portfolio already includes more than 30 devices.
In October 2019, Masmovil signed an agreement with Orange Spain covering mobile, fiber and broadband technologies. The deal covers 35% of the Spanish population in 40 major cities, including Madrid, Barcelona, and Valencia, enabling Orange to place 5G in 4,500 locations, thanks to an “virtual active sharing mode” agreement. , Seville, Zaragoza, Malaga and Bilbao. Orange will set up a total of 1,500 new sites in Spain by the end of 2021.
The 5G agreement between Massmovil and Orange will be valid until 2028 and will be extended for 5 additional years.
Rival operator Orange is already offering 5G services in 840 cities and towns in 38 provinces across the country. According to the European operator, its 5G network infrastructure has already reached 58.6% of the Spanish population.
Orange said it expects its 5G network to reach 1,500 locales by the end of this year.
In February, Orange announced the launch of 5G in the 700 MHz band. European Carrier says it will gradually offer the technology in more than 1,100 cities and towns by 2022, with 820 citizens between 1,000 and 50,000.
Meanwhile, Telefónica currently offers 5G coverage to more than 80% of the Spanish population via 5G, offered over 3.5Gz spectrum. Earlier this year, Telefonica announced the activation of 5G services using spectrum in the 700MHz band. Telco says it expects the service to reach 1,400 locations in Spain by the end of this year.