Vodafone Spain has announced that it has staged what it claims is the ‘first data call in Europe to a commercial smartphone using a 5G Standalone (SA) network’. The connection was made using the cellco’s 5G SA pilot network and a Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G handset, which is scheduled for launch next month. TeleGeography notes that Vodafone launched Non Standalone (NSA) services in 15 cities in June 2019. The network has subsequently been extended to Benidorm (30 January) and Badajoz (13 February).
In other news, Nadia Calvino, Spain’s Minister of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation, has informed congress that the country is on target to stage its 700MHz 5G auction in May this year. The 694MHz-790MHz (700MHz) spectrum – referred to as the ‘second digital dividend band’ – is currently utilised for Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) services but will be freed up by March 2020. As per EU policy, the band must be made available for mobile broadband use by 30 June 2020.