Vodafone turns with the 5G: 'real' coverage for half of the Spaniards and an alternative to fiber in homes

Vodafone will expand 5G coverage to reach practically half of the Spanish population this year (46% exactly), with presence in a total of 1,000 municipalities,

Vodafone turns with the 5G: 'real' coverage for half of the Spaniards and an alternative to fiber in homes

Vodafone will expand 5G coverage to reach practically half of the Spanish population this year (46% exactly), with presence in a total of 1,000 municipalities, as explained by the company at Mobile World Congress (MWC) of Barcelona , which officially begins on Monday although this Sunday has already been activated.

The operator of British origin emphasizes that the announced coverage will be "real 5G", a message to other deployments of competition, such as telephone, which in the first quarter of last year has already reached 80% of citizens from the country. However, the jump to 5G is not much less complete today, since the DSS technology (Dynamic Spectrum Sharing) is used, with which the 4G and 5G signal is interspersed, so that the improvements in the Speed would be far from the data projected for the fifth generation of the mobile network. "If it is done about a 4G frequency, the quality obviously reduces". Aim Julia Velasco, Vodafone Network Director Spain, asked about the world "In our case it is always done on 5g frequency", which at the moment, regardless of the operator, is in any case non stand-alone (NSA) The waiting for the future development of the so-called Stand-Alone (SA).

The Red Operator emphasizes that, where appropriate, the quintuple of content download of content by the population will be achieved. The 46% guaranteed by the end of the year will be under coverage with the frequency bands of 700MHz, 3,5GHz or both.

The 700 MHz strip, auctioned last July with a collection for the government of 1,010 million euros, facilitates indoor service and holds a great availability of bandwidth, with the advantage that this entails in rural environments of Spain emptied . "This deployment, in addition, will also allow promoting economic development in rural areas. According to a Deloitte report for Vodafone, for every 1,000 new broadband users in rural areas, 80 new jobs are created," Velasco highlighted. In addition, Vodafone is already reinforcing on that 700 MHz band the mobile telephony and data coverage that already provided in 25 large cities through another frequency, that of 3,5gh, band auctioned in 2018.

Vodafone has also presented within the framework of the Barcelona Mobile 5G, a solution to take this new network to households and companies that prefer this solution to fiber. Why? There is someone who does not want or can not take home the fiber, despite the advanced of that deployment in Spain, superior to that of the United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, Portugal and France jointly (a large part extended by Telefónica). The technology used by Vodafone, the FWA 5G (Fixed Wireless Access and WiFi6) dodges the bored and wiring of the walls of the house - and also the fact that Telefónica and Orange have stronger fiber networks- .

Vodafone customers who choose home 5g will have speeds of up to 1Gbps for a total of up to 35 devices simultaneously connected to the same network, that is, they will get a connection for the entire home. To achieve this, Vodafone offers an alternative device to fiber and self-installable: "Practically you just have to plug in the product to start working," this allows you to use the product as soon as you buy it, without having to wait for That an installer arrives and without having to modify the structure of the house. "

This launch is carried out in Spanish municipalities of more than 100,000 inhabitants, a total of 63, but it is a purely commercial postulate, since these clients are expected to move the router to rural houses, apartments on the beach or Second residences on the mountain, without the need for these properties to have fiber technology.

Date Of Update: 27 February 2022, 14:20

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