Networks are a guarantee of connectivity. Telefónica has opted at the same level for a shared use of fiber and 5G networks, technologies that must be supported and fed back. The company considers it to be the perfect pairing for excellent connectivity.
When we need the networks the most, they have been here. In the harshest months of the pandemic, telecommunications networks made it possible for us to stay connected and maintain our routine at work (when possible) and at school. The digital world has shown that it not only transports data, but above all, it faithfully transmits one’s own life and the day-to-day life of people.
In this sense, during this period, Telefónica’s networks effectively fulfilled their mission. Among other things because they withstood the stress of a historical upturn in demand, such as the company’s mission, consisting of “making a more human world by connecting people’s lives,” explains Telefónica.
Networks are also the future, and have become an essential player in digitization. The transformative capacity of this digitization requires cutting-edge networks that allow to take full advantage of a digital world that already exists and, above all, of everything that is still to come linked to it.
“State-of-the-art connectivity represents a fundamental ingredient in digitization, and Telefónica has the precise capabilities to provide that ingredient,” they add. If during the pandemic the investments made in previous years have made perfect sense (since they are the ones that, together with a defined strategy, made it possible for the system to endure), now those investments are equally capital for digitization to deploy all its potential.
What happens is that “behind a solid network there is a sustained investment commitment over time”, as highlighted by Telefónica. In this sense, around 50% of the global investment made by Telefónica is destined to ultra-fast networks: FTTH and 5G. These are networks in constant evolution and at the forefront of technology.
26 million real estate units with fiber in Spain
In this regard, the number of real estate units with fiber in Spain exceeded 26 million at the end of last June. This represents a coverage of more than 85%. In addition, the company has migrated about 80% of customers from broadband to fiber. It aims to phase out copper in less than five years, and upgrade its fiber network to power 5G.
Meanwhile, when it comes to 5G technology, the company has already powered up its 5G network in four key markets: Spain, Brazil, the UK and Germany. In Spain this 5G coverage already reaches 80% of the population. In fact, in December of last year he had already achieved your deployment goals in the country.
The promotion of the 5G network is a commitment adopted by the company with society and with the digitization of the country, within the digital pact. Last September, the president of the company, José María Álvarez-Pallete, highlighted that “the launch of our 5G network is a level leap towards hyperconnectivity, which will change the future of Spain.”
It should be noted that Telefónica currently has the largest mobile network in Spain, with 22,000 base stations. “During the first half of 2021, the deployment has focused on completing the coverage in the cities deployed last year, and on reaching cities with over 20,000 inhabitants, so that they currently have access to the 5G network of Telefónica has more than 1,300 municipalities in all the autonomous communities ”, points out the company.
Connecting large cities to small towns
In addition, this connection has reached all the provincial capitals and autonomous cities, 100% of the cities with more than 50,000 inhabitants, and 98% of those with more than 20,000 inhabitants, as well as small towns in all the autonomous communities .
Among other reasons, this is possible thanks to the fact that the company is at the forefront, providing 5G coverage thanks to the latest generations of radio equipment that allow dual 4G and 5G use in the current 1800 and 2100 MHz bands. The objective is take the new technology to the maximum population from the first moment. “Thus, Telefónica’s 5G network in Spain currently combines the 5G NSA deployment (Non Stand Alone) and DSS (Dynamic Spectrum Sharing) ”, Specifies Telefónica.
On the other hand, the bands used so far will soon be joined by the 700MHz band, whose auction was resolved on July 21. Telefónica was awarded two blocks, of 10 MHz each. Thus, the company will be able to deploy a more extensive coverage, greater penetration indoors, and universalize some of the characteristics of 5G communications, such as low latency.
“Ultimately, the union of the wide fiber network with all the potential of 5G will allow the company to consolidate its leadership in connectivity,” he says. This conjunction of both will be essential to consolidate the path of digital transformation.