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Orange Spain to launch 5G services by the end of 2020

Friday 31 July 2020 | 09:12 CET | News
Orange Spain has confirmed plans to launch commercial 5G services before the end of they year, without waiting for the delayed 700MHz band auction, now set to take place in the first quarter of 2021. The operator’s outgoing CEO Laurent Paillassot announced the move at the presentation of the company’s second quarter results, saying the conditions were now in place to take the leap in view of customer interest and the presence of compatible handsets.

According to Xataka Movil, Orange will be joining Vodafone and using 5G NSA networks for the rollout rather than 5G SA, with full details about the first 5G cities and corresponding plans to be revealed after the summer. In view of the current lack of the 700MHz band used by DTT operators, the company will have to rely on its 2600 MHz and 3.5GHz frequencies for the initial launch.

Spain resumed the digital dividend plan to free up the 700MHz band for 5G mobile services in May following a two-month suspension due to the coronavirus emergency. As a result, the government was forced to delay plans to hold the 700MHz band auction before the scheduled EU deadline of 30 June 2020. It will now be auctioning maximum blocks of 2X15Mhz to each operator in the 700MHz band in the first quarter of 2021.





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Companies: Orange Spain
Countries: Spain
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