Andorran state-owned operator Andorra Telecom has started activating its 5G network, with the new service initially available in the centres of each parish, although the 5G footprint will be gradually extended to cover all areas of the parishes. Andorra Telecom notes that no new antennas will be installed during the initial phase and that existing sites will instead be reconfigured to provide 5G. Similarly, the operator will not deploy any new frequencies during the initial phase but will refarm spectrum that is already in use. The rollout is being conducted with the assistance of vendors Nokia and Ericsson. 5G services are available to customers with compatible devices from Xiaomi, Huawei and Sony, whilst Apple and Samsung devices are scheduled to be enabled in H1 2022.
Andorra Telecom estimates that up to 3,000 of handsets in use in the country were 5G-compatible, up from just over 100 in June 2020, with that figure expected to rise further after Christmas. Andorra Telecom Carles Casadevall, a spokesperson for Andorra Telecom, was quoted as saying: ‘the demand for faster connectivity is increasing every day. 5G will respond to this need and will evolve to offer us improvements in sectors such as healthcare, commercial, mobility, education, leisure and culture, among others.’