Spanish regional operator Euskaltel has announced an agreement with Orange to offer its customers 5G technology on the latter’s network from 01 January 2022. Orange Spain switched on its Non-Standalone (NSA) 5G network in five Spanish cities last month and already has a long-term wholesale deal with Euskaltel to provide access to its fixed and mobile networks. In a statement, Euskaltel said the partners may negotiate to bring the January 2022 date forward “to the moment when Orange launches its 5G service on a commercial basis and on a mass scale.”
They added that new deal will last for as long as the current MVNO service agreements with Orange remain in force (currently June 2024). Euskaltel’s CEO Jose Miguel Garcia said the latest MVNO deal with Orange enabled the operator to “guarantee access to the most advanced 5G technology networks in order to offer our customers top quality products and services”. He added that 5G services would be available to all existing customers as well as new customers coming on board through the company’s national expansion strategy.
Orange Spain switched on its 5G signal in Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Seville and Malaga at the start of last month. The company is making use of its 100 MHz of spectrum in the 3.6-3.8 GHz band to reach around 30 percent of the five launch cities, with more 5G cities to be added in the coming months. It’s expected to bid for frequencies in the 700 MHz band when the government holds its long-delayed spectrum auction in the first quarter of 2021.