When Vodafone began to commercialize its 5G network, Orange assured several times that it would wait for the 5G NSA to launch its own. However, after Telefónica’s decision to turn on its 5G network, the French operator decided settle for the 5G NSA using DSS to do the same.
Thus, last September, Orange activated its 5G network in five Spanish cities and for all its rates. Since then, the operator has gradually expanded the number of regions with 5G coverage and, currently, it already reaches 121 municipalities. Today, at the press conference on the financial results of 2020, he announced that by 2022 that coverage will reach 90% of the Spanish population.
5G in 400 municipalities by the end of the year
Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Seville and Malaga were the five cities initially chosen by Orange for launch your 5G network at the beginning of September of last year. The new generation networks thus reached their most central areas with 30% coverage and for all Orange contract rates -both residential and business-. Of course, using the 3.6-3.8 GHz band for this, since the 700 MHz auction is still not held.
A few weeks ago, at the end of January, the operator announced that the coverage of its 5G network reached 121 municipalities in 38 provinces different from the country, including Zaragoza, Bilbao, A Coruña, León or Santander, among other cities.
Today, during the presentation of last year’s financial results, Orange announced, on the one hand, that it already has 4G coverage for 98% of the Spanish population, and on the other, that its 5G mobile network will reach more than 400 cities by the end of 2021, with a coverage greater than 51%. In addition, he has ensured that in 2022 that Orange 5G coverage will already reach 90%, which represents a significant jump from the current 15%.
Keep in mind, however, that until 5G SA is fully available, we are talking about a combination of 5G NSA / DSS technologies. That is to say, the most basic 5G, which brings few advantages compared to the 4G + that was already available. Therefore, and although the capacity has increased to accommodate more users, the maximum speed is at levels similar to those already known in 4G.
Another important fact regarding its fiber network is that Orange has confirmed that it already reaches 15.3 million homes in Spain, but By 2023, it is committed to raising that figure to 18 million. With this, it continues in its efforts to represent the alternative fiber network to Telefónica.