Orange Espana has confirmed that it has activated its first 700MHz 5G node. The node is located at the Universidad Politecnica de Valencia and will support the telco’s ongoing ‘Plan Nacional 5G’ pilot projects. Orange notes that it is using a temporary spectrum permit, as the 700MHz frequencies it won at auction in July have not yet been allocated.
Previously, in late-August, domestic rival Vodafone Spain switched on 700MHz 5G services in Villacarrillo; the cell site was used to support a 5G-powered drone flight. The trial was part of the ‘Piloto 5G Andalucia’ initiative.
As previously reported by CommsUpdate, in July this year the Spanish government generated a total of EUR1.010 billion (USD1.190 billion) through its sale of 5G-suitable 700MHz (703MHz-733MHz/758MHz-788MHz) frequencies. Vodafone paid EUR350 million for a 2×10MHz block of spectrum, while Telefonica Espana (Movistar) paid EUR310.089 million for its own 2×10MHz block. Orange Espana, meanwhile, bid on two separate 2×5MHz blocks, each priced at EUR175 million, for a total fee of EUR350 million. All licences are valid for a period of 20 years, but extendable for a further 20-year period.