Spain’s largest cellco by subscribers, Telefonica Espana, which offers services under the Movistar banner, will launch commercial LTE-based services tomorrow, it has announced. Although the construction of its own 4G network is already underway, the operator will initially provide services over rival Yoigo’s in-deployment LTE network only, in line with a deal announced last month. As previously reported by CommsUpdate, at the start of August 2013 Telefonica confirmed it would gain access to Yoigo’s LTE network in return for allowing its smaller rival to market a converged product comprising its own mobile services and Movistar’s fixed voice and broadband services.
Meanwhile, Telefonica has also issued an update on the progress of its own LTE infrastructure rollout noting that, with vendors Alcatel-Lucent and Ericsson both carrying out work on the network, by the end of this year it will be up and running in 63 municipalities across 19 of the country’s provinces, giving it coverage of almost 50% of the population. In terms of offering services over the network, Telefonica confirmed that it expects to do so in late-October 2013 in a number of locations, including: Madrid, Barcelona, Alicante, Palma de Mallorca, Valencia, Murcia, Valladolid and Zaragoza.