Telefónica's 5G network now reaches 80% of the island population
More than 80% of the population of the Canary Islands may already have 5G technology as Telefónica has stepped on the accelerator and advanced its deployment objectives, in such a way that it has already covered 48 municipalities on the Islands, exceeding the national forecasts 75% by the end of the year.
Some figures allow the president of Telefónica, José María Álvarez-Pallete, to puff out his chest in what he describes as a "jump towards hyper connectivity, which will change the future of Spain."
“This year has been challenging, but Telefónica has not stopped. We have reached our goal of keeping communications up and running and exceeded the goal of extending 5G to 75% of the population,” he said. "Spain today leads the digital infrastructures of Europe, with the most extensive fibre optic network and we will continue to do so with the deployment of 5G," he says.
With the installation of more than 4,000 repeaters throughout Spain, populations and towns of every different size are covered, from the largest with more than 250,000 inhabitants to the smallest with less than 1,000, even some with less than 150 inhabitants. Today all the provincial capitals, the main Spanish cities and small towns in all the autonomous communities have access to Telefónica's 5G network.
In this first phase of deployment, the company is working with the latest generation of equipment that allow dual 4G and 5G use with the aim of bringing the new technology to the maximum population from the outset. It is making use of current sites and infrastructures and, in the medium and long term, it will be complemented with new base stations and small cells, depending on the capacity or coverage that may require it.
Other articles that may interest you...
For this, the 3.5 Ghz bands are being used, the only 5G band already licensed to operators and the medium bands (1800 - 2100 MHz), where 4G is currently taking advantage of the possibility of using NR equipment (New Radio) that it can work on both 4G and 5G technologies at the same time.
The new deployments will be accompanied by a gradual shutdown of the old second and third generation networks. 100% of the copper network will have been replaced by fibre before 2025, when the shutdown of the 3G network will also be completed.