Telefonica Espana (Movistar) has teamed up with vendor duo Nokia and Samsung to test pre-5G wireless technology in Segovia, a city in the autonomous region of Castile and Leon. Dubbed ‘4.9G’ by the operator, the trial utilised existing Nokia AirScale base stations in tandem with Samsung S9/S9+ category 18 smartphones, and generated downlink transmission speeds of up to 1Gbps. Movistar notes that the trial aggregated three different spectrum bands, but has not disclosed which frequencies were used.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, in January 2018 Movistar unveiled its ‘5G Technological Cities’ project, which seeks to convert the cities of Segovia and Talavera de la Reina into 5G ‘living laboratories’ between 2018 and 2020. In order to facilitate the project, Movistar inked partnerships with vendor duo Nokia (in Segovia) and Ericsson (in Talavera de la Reina).