Vodafone said its new 5G FWA offering will give customers access speeds of up to 1Gbps
Spanish telecoms company Vodafone announced it will roll out 5G Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) services to homes and businesses by the end of November.
The European carrier said its new 5G FWA offering will give customers access to speeds of up to 1Gbps.
“Some of the advantages of this solution, presented at Mobile World Congress Barcelona 2022, are its speed and ease of self-installation, as customers only have to follow a few simple steps to start using the service,” Vodafone said in a publication.
Initially, Vodafone’s 5G FWA technology will be available in areas of Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Seville, Zaragoza, Malaga, Bilbao and A Coruna and their metropolitan areas. The telecom company said its 5G FWA deployment will gradually expand to an additional 65 cities in the future.
Vodafone also noted that its 5G network will be available in 1,000 municipalities across Spain by the end of the year, reaching 46% of the population.
Vodafone first rolled out 5G services in Spain via the NSA architecture in 2019, while the telecom company rolled out a pre-commercial 5G SA network in June 2021.
In January 2022, Vodafone Spain announced the start of the first deployment of 5G coverage over the 700MHz frequency in 109 municipalities in 30 provinces across the country, after the telecom company secured 2 × 10 Megahertz spectrum in the 700-MHz band in July 2021. MHz band had secured.
Vodafone has said that the 5G network on the 700MHz frequency will allow the telecom company to significantly expand its coverage and offer better indoor coverage.
Vodafone said it will continue to increase coverage with the 700MHz spectrum until it reaches 30% of communities with up to 50,000 residents in December 2022.
Spanish operators have already rolled out 5G services over frequencies in the 3.5 GHz band, awarded in 2018.
In July 2021, the Spanish government raised a total of €1.1 billion in the 700MHz spectrum auction, with local operators Telefónica, Vodafone and Orange securing these key frequencies for the rollout of 5G services.
Earlier this month, the Spanish government announced details of a spectrum auction due to take place in December, through which it expects to contract additional 5G spectrum from local carriers.
In a statement, the Ministry of Economy and Digital Transformation has published the final tender conditions for the 26 GHz band via the State Secretariat for Telecommunications and Digital Infrastructures.
The government noted that this upcoming spectrum auction completes the process of making all preferred bands available to telecom operators for the deployment of 5G networks and services.
The government aims to award a total of 12 national licenses in the 25.10-27.50 GHz band and 38 regional licenses in the 24.70-25.10 GHz band.
The government noted that operators interested in participating in the auction have until December 7, 2022 to submit their bids. A phase of evaluating the applications then begins. The government said the bidding process is expected to start around December 22.