Following the announcement that its UK sister company intends to launch 5G mobile services in seven cities on 3 July, El Economista has revealed that Vodafone Spain is also working towards a seven-city 5G launch this summer. According to the business daily, the Spanish telco will activate its fifth-generation network in Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, Bilbao, Malaga, Valencia and Zaragoza. The report cites comments from Vodafone Spain CEO Antonio Coimbra, who stressed that the company’s 5G launch plans were not designed to deflect attention away from the unit’s poor quarterly performance.
TeleGeography notes that Vodafone dominated the bidding in Spain’s 5G auction in July 2018, paying EUR198.1 million (USD230.9 million) for 18 5MHz blocks of spectrum in the 3.6GHz-3.8GHz band. Huawei deployed pre-commercial 5G-capable antennas in a number of the aforementioned markets that month, as the telco laid the groundwork for its launch.