Telefonica initiates 5G pilots in two Spanish cities

23 Jan 2018

Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica has unveiled its ‘5G Technological Cities’ project, which will convert the cities of Segovia and Talavera de la Reina into 5G ‘living laboratories’ between now and 2020. These cities are expected to benefit from the first wave of 5G network capacity, and the development of use cases allowing citizens and companies to experience the advantages of the new technology. In order to facilitate the project, Telefonica has inked partnerships with vendor duo Nokia (in Segovia) and Ericsson (in Talavera de la Reina).

As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in December last year Spain’s Ministry of Energy, Tourism and Digital Agenda (Ministerio de Energia, Turismo y Agenda Digital, MINETAD) announced plans to ‘promote the development and deployment of 5G technology’ via the auction of spectrum in the 1452MHz-1492MHz (‘1.5GHz’) and 3600MHz-3800MHz (‘3.6GHz’) bands in early 2018. The auction process will form part of the government’s ‘Plan Nacional 5G’, and is said to be ‘fully compatible’ with the EU’s roadmap for the deployment of 5G networks.