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LTE launches imminent in Spain

07 сентября 2011

Telefonica plans to launch LTE services in its home market in the coming days, with Vodafone expected to follow closely behind, it emerged this week.

The Spanish incumbent announced on Monday that it will launch "the first 4G services on its new LTE network" in the coming days, in various Spanish cities.

The news came in a statement from Telefonica reiterating comments made by chief operating officer Julio Linares at a telecoms industry meeting in Santander. According to Linares, mobile technology will be key to spreading broadband connections to 100% of Spain's population by 2013, while reaching speeds of 30 Mbps by 2020 will require advanced mobile technologies like LTE, in addition to cable and fibre networks.

Although the announcement was largely overshadowed by the extensive media coverage of Telefonica's plans to restructure its business, including the absorption of its Spanish unit into its European division, it did not go unnoticed by rival Vodafone. According to local media reports, Vodafone will also launch in certain key cities this month.

Vodafone will start offering LTE services in Madrid, Barcelona and Malaga, Spain's Cinco Dias reported on Tuesday. The paper said an announcement to that effect would be made by Francisco Román, CEO of Vodafone Spain, later in the day.

The operator will initially target its 30 biggest customers – large enterprises and public institutions – with LTE-based mobile data services. It cannot yet offer LTE-capable mobile handsets.

Telefonica and Vodafone were among the winning bidders when Spain auctioned off spectrum for LTE services in July. The sale raised a total of €1.65 billion.

Источник: Total Telecom

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