Orange Spain to trial 5G in 4 cities next year, hits 745Mbps in 4.5G demo

Wednesday 28 February 2018 | 10:21 CET | News

Orange Spain has revealed at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona that it will be conducting trials of 5G technology in four as yet unnamed Spanish cities in 2019, reports Xataka Movil, adding that Barcelona itself is likely to be one of the chosen ones in view of Orange’s participation in the 5GBarcelona initiative. The operator said it will be using the 40MHz of spectrum in the 3.5GHz band it acquired in a 2016 auction for the 5G pilots. The announcement comes after Telefonica last month said it will be partnering with Nokia and Ericsson to convert the cities of Segovia and Talavera de la Reina into 5G living laboratories over the next three years.

Orange’s Spanish subsidiary also took advantage of its appearance at MWC to demonstrate that its 4.5G network can reach a theoretical top speed of over 745Mbps thanks to carrier aggregation, Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) 4×4 antennae and 256QAM technology. In the fixed broadband segment, the operator conducted a demonstration of 25G PON technology to prove that speeds of 25Gbps can be reached by a single fibre on a single wavelength.

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