Vodafone Spain will be following its parent company and launching commercial 5G services in 7 cities this summer, reports El Economista, citing the company’s CEO Antonio Coimbra. The service will be activated across more than 80 base stations in the cities of Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, Bilbao, Malaga, Valencia and Zaragoza, said Coimbra at the presentation of Vodafone Spain’s quarterly results without revealing precise dates, price plans or smartphone availability. He did say the technology would offer 10 times the speed of existing 4G networks, coupled with a tenth of the latency and capacity for 100 times more connected devices.
The announcement comes after Vodafone UK said 5G would be switched on in 7 UK cities on 03 July before being extended to 12 other cities by the end of the year. The company also revealed that 5G would be priced the same as 4G and that it would be introducing 5G roaming in the UK, Germany, Italy and Spain over summer 2019.
The group’s Spanish unit completed the world’s first 5G call at last year’s Mobile World Congress and has since deployed 5G cell sites across 6 cities (Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Bilbao, Malaga and Seville) after acquiring 90 MHz of spectrum in the 3.6-3.8 GHz band. It also connected 5G-enabled smartphones to its live network during trials conducted in Madrid and Barcelona ahead of MWC 2019.