Spanish mobile network operator Xfera Moviles, which offers services under the Yoigo banner, has announced that it plans to expand LTE coverage to six additional provinces this month. With the cellco already providing its 4G products in Madrid, Malaga, Valencia, Barcelona, Alicante and Seville, this week it will extend its footprint to Castellon, Tarragona, Girona, Cordoba, Huelva and Vizcaya. With rollout continuing apace, Yoigo has confirmed that it is aiming to offer its LTE-based tariffs to more than 22.5 million people, or around 48% of the population, by the end of the year. Looking further ahead, by the end of the first quarter of 2014 the mobile operator has set out its stall to offer 4G in all cities with more than 70,000 inhabitants.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, Yoigo launched LTE services in mid-July 2013; despite having aimed to be the first operator to market the technology commercially, it was beaten to the punch by both Vodafone Spain and Orange Espana, which launched at end-May and early-July, respectively.