Movistar, Orange, Vodafone and Yoigo already have 5G, but they will not be the only operators in our country. In fact, all of them have deployed in the 3.5 GHz band using the 5G NSA (Non Standalone) that does not allow to operate autonomously in 5G networks. For its part, we have just learned that Euskaltel is launching various 5G SA pilots, the real one, which was finalized last summer and which will mean the definitive qualitative leap with respect to 4G. The rest of the operators will also soon migrate to this new standard.
Euskaltel has just confirmed the launch of “Euskadi 5G”, a program launched thanks to government aid to develop and implement this new technology. The operator boasts of having the first real 5G pilot project in the Basque Country. This is a pilot of 5G infrastructure with network deployment for virtual mobile operator, where Euskaltel provides the central elements of network management (known as Core) and its current host provider the radio part (in this case it is Orange). Thanks to this, Euskaltel customers will have access to real 5G in the future.
Where will 5G SA be deployed for now?
Euskaltel will deploy and enable a 5G network in the next 30 months three Technology Parks in the Basque Country (Gipuzkoa, Bizkaia, Araba). In addition, you will develop 9 use cases to complete the total investment. These use cases will go through Edge computing, Network slicing and Network Virtualization. The capabilities of the 5G network will also be tested at the speed, latency and massive IoT level.
To develop “Euskadi 5G” a consortium of 13 telecommunications operators, network equipment providers, universities, research centers, public institutions and private companies: Euskaltel, R, Orange, Grupo MASMÓVIL, ZTE España, ZTE Managed Services, Gestamp, Ikusi (Grupo Velatia), CAF, Dbus ( Donostia City Council), Datik (Irizar Group), CEIT and Vicomtech.
For its part, 5G coverage from Movistar, Orange, Vodafone and Yoigo is now available in the cities of:
Movistar: Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Seville, Malaga, Zaragoza and Murcia. Orange: Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Seville and Malaga. Vodafone: Madrid, Barcelona, Zaragoza, Valencia, Malaga, Seville, Pamplona, Vitoria, San Sebastián, Logroño, Bilbao, Santander, Gijón, A Coruña, Vigo, Benidorm, Murcia, Alicante, Palma de Mallorca, Valladolid and Badajoz. Yoigo: Alicante, Alcobendas, Almería, Ávila, Barcelona, Hospitalet de Llobregat, Huesca, Jaén, Madrid, Malaga, Melilla, Orense, Salamanca, Seville and Valencia.