Just a few days after Spanish cellco Xfera Moviles (Yoigo) set out its stall to become the first mobile operator in the country to inaugurate a commercial LTE network, rival Orange Espana has revealed plans to beat it to the punch. According to Reuters, Orange Espana will make its first 4G tariffs available to customers from 8 July 2013 in six cities, just ten days ahead of Yoigo’s planned launch.
As previously reported by CommsUpdate, last week Yoigo announced it would inaugurate its LTE network on 18 July, with services to be launched initially in Madrid. Looking ahead, the cellco had said it was aiming to extend its 4G network footprint to 75% of the population by the end of 2014, outlining plans to spend approximately EUR200 million (USD261 million) over the next two years on developing the infrastructure.
For its part, Orange Espana is expected to have expanded its LTE network footprint to a total of 15 cities by the end of 2013, with a view to covering around 12 million Spaniards, while the infrastructure will reportedly cover all provincial capitals by end-2014. Notably, however, Orange Espana has not confirmed whether it intends to charge existing 3G customers for access to the higher speeds offered by its 4G network; in making its launch plans known last week, Yoigo confirmed that there would be no premium paid for 4G speeds by its current 3G subscribers.