Orange expects to utilise a 40MHz block of 3.5GHz spectrum for the future deployment of 5G services in Spain, it has revealed. In an official blog post, the company divulged that it is currently in the process of selecting four cities in which to launch commercial 5G services in 2019.
Orange acquired the 3.5GHz spectrum in 1Q16, paying around EUR20 million (USD24.4 million) for a series of regional spectrum blocks. The same auction process saw Orange scoop 2.6GHz spectrum in all operating areas except Madrid and Melilla, paying EUR21.9 million; the latter concessions were won by Telefonica, which paid EUR7 million.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, Orange and Ericsson achieved downlink transmission speeds of 15Gbps in a Madrid-based trial of 5G technology in September 2017. The tests utilised a block of 28GHz spectrum issued by the government, and included MIMO functionality, alongside beamforming, a signal processing technique that directs signals from multiple antennas towards where mobile customers are situated.