Vodafone and Orange increase the coverage of 5G networks
According to its press release, Vodafone Spain has activated its 5G network in a total of 25 cities across the country. Vodafone launched Spain’s first commercial 5G network in Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Seville, Malaga, Zaragoza, and other cities in June 2019.
The company has also carried out more than 130 use cases over the 5G network in various fields. They include smart cities, agriculture, health and tourism. In all these cities, Vodafone provides coverage to over 50% of the population. In addition, the company is working with Huawei and Ericsson in the deployment of the 5G network.
Rival operator Orange is already offering 5G services in 298 towns and cities in 38 provinces across Spain. The company stated that 5G coverage already reaches 23% of the Spanish population. In addition, Orange expects its 5G network to reach 90% of the population by 2022.
Orange is aiming to offer this technology in 400 cities by the end of the year. The number is equivalent to a population coverage of over 51%. In fact, the company launched commercial 5G services in Spain in September, 2020 by using equipment provided by Ericsson.
Spanish company leads 5G network in Spain
Telefonica, a Spanish largest telecommunication company, leads 5G network. It set a goal to provide 5G coverage to 75% of the Spanish population by the end of 2020. In fact, the company already reaches 80% of the country’s population. Telefonica currently offers 5G connectivity in nearly 1,300 towns and cities across Spain.
Who is Vodafone?
According to its homepage, Vodafone is a leading telecommunications company in Europe and Africa. Its purpose is to “connect for a better future”. In fact, its expertise and scale gives the company a unique opportunity to drive positive change for society. Therefore, its networks keep family, friends, businesses and governments connected. Furthermore, the British company plays a vital role in keeping economies running and the functioning of critical sectors like education and healthcare.
Vodafone is the largest mobile and fixed network operator in Europe. What’s more, it is the world’s largest IoT connectivity provider. M-Pesa technology platform in Africa enables over 42 million people to benefit from access to mobile payments and financial services. In addition, it operates mobile and fixed networks in 21 countries and partner with mobile networks in 48 more.
Vodafone supports diversity and inclusion through its maternity and parental leave policies. It also tries to empower women through connectivity and improving access to education and digital skills. Vodafone is taking significant steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2025. To achieve this, the company is planning to purchase 100% of their electricity from renewable sources by 2025. Moreover, the British company reuses, resells or recycles 100% of our redundant network equipment.
Who is Orange?
Orange S.A. is a French multinational telecommunications company. The French company is one of global telecommunication giants to lead submarine cables as well as 5G network. It has 266 million customers worldwide and employs 147,000 people in the world
Healthy competition might lead to better customer experience
In Spain, most of consumers choose one of those big telecom giants, which are Telefonica, Orange and Vodafone. As we see above, there is a difference of 5G network coverage. However, each company increase its 5G coverage and reach most of Spain’s total population more or less. Therefore, a next competitive advantage will be not only 5G coverage but also more services.
5G network improves or disrupts various industries such as healthcare, education and smart cities. For example, Huawei, a Chinese telecom giant, tries to realize remote surgery. Thus, the more people connect 5G network, the more services will be launched.
In this sense, we can see healthy competition in terms of 5G network in Spain. Thus, Spaniards will be able to enjoy its services more in the near future.