Grupo MASMOVIL has become the fourth Spanish operator to launch 5G services, after switching on connectivity in 15 cities, via its Yoigo brand. The launch locations have been named as Alicante, Alcobendas, Almeria, Avila, Barcelona, Hospitalet de Llobregat, Huesca, Jaen, Madrid, Malaga, Melilla, Orense, Salamanca, Seville and Valencia. Compatible handsets include the Samsung Galaxy S20 + 5G, the Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G and the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 5G.
TeleGeography notes that Grupo MASMOVIL acquired Xfera Moviles (Yoigo) – the country’s smallest mobile network operator (MNO) in terms of subscribers – from Telia Company in October 2016. The deal allowed MASMOVIL to transition from an MVNO to an MNO, while the Yoigo name was retained as one of a number of sub-brands.
As previously reported by CommsUpdate, Vodafone Spain drew first blood in the 5G sector on 15 June 2019, when it launched commercial 5G services in 15 cities. For its part, Telefonica Espana (Movistar) launched its own 5G network on 1 September this year, with Orange Espana following suit a matter of days later, activating 5G in Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Seville and Malaga.