5G is considered a catalyst for digital transformation in many countries worldwide, helping to create new value across sectors.
Spain is leading the way with Europe’s largest fibre optic network and has announced, through its telecoms giant Telefónica, it has switched on its 5G network enabling 75% of the Spanish population to obtain access to this new technology by the end of the year.
“Our network has always been a differential asset. People’s lives pass through it and it has demonstrated unparalleled strength when it’s been most needed”, José María Álvarez-Pallete, Telefónica’s Executive Chairman said.
However, the commercial launch will take place in late October or early November to guarantee that there is a sufficient supply of 5G-enabled mobile devices on the market.
What are the benefits of such a move? With 5G everything happens in a millisecond. A millisecond is what makes remote surgery, autonomous cars, the smart management of energy resources in cities and highly advanced entertainment possible, Telefónica said on its website. “A millisecond is much more than a new response time. It’s Telefónica’s response to the new times. It’s Telefónica’s commitment to the country’s future.”
The telco will launch offers for both private and corporate customers, and is committed to the various benefits that fifth generation technology brings to key sectors such as transport, tourism, energy, the automotive industry and healthcare.
5G initiates a revolution in terms of its practical applications for all sectors whilst it allows the extension of ultra-broadband coverage to rural areas, many of them depopulated, stressed lvarez-Pallete.
In addition, Telefónica said, “5G will be rolled out before year’s end in the 150 Spanish cities with a population of over 50,000, in most municipalities with 30,000 residents, in more than 50% of those with 20,000 inhabitants and in a few locations with populations of around 10,000. Total coverage will be the equivalent of 75% of Spain’s population of 47 million.”
The initial deployment will also make use of the current sites and infrastructure in the mid- and long- term, it will be complemented by new base stations and small cells as the capacity and coverage require.
5G is considered to be one step further and a golden opportunity for Spain to lead the Fourth Industrial Revolution and to capitalize on Europe’s efforts in the reconstruction process.