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Telefonica Deutschland activates O-RAN mini-radio cells in Munich

German operator O2/Telefónica Deutschland has activated the first mini-radio cells with Open RAN technology (O-RAN) in the city of Munich, the telco said in a statement. The telco said that these mini-radio cells will provide O2 customers with even more capacity and higher bandwidth at...

The current state of 5G in Spain

Spanish operators have been accelerating 5G deployments during 2021 and all carriers already offer 5G in the country’s main urban areas as well as in medium-sized cities. In this article, we briefly describe the current state of 5G deployments by Telefonica, Orange, Vodafone and...

Telefónica buys equipment from Ericsson to replace Huawei gear

Telefónica planning to deploy Standalone 5G beginning in 2022 Spanish telecommunications operator Telefónica has acquired equipment from Swedish vendor Ericsson with the aim of replacing some gear previously deployed by Chinese vendor Huawei, local newspaper Expansion reported. A source at the Spanish telco had confirmed the...

Telefónica to begin deployment of 5G SA next year

Spanish telecommunications operator Telefónica expects to begin the deployment of 5G Standalone (SA) services next year, the telco said in a release. The three initial use cases developed by Telefónica Tech and to be sold by the telco’s enterprise division Telefónica Empresas from January are:...

European carriers urge EU to further support O-RAN

A new report, published by European carriers Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telefónica, TIM and Vodafone, and based on findings from research firm Analysys Mason, called upon policymakers, EU member states, and industry stakeholders to collaborate and urgently prioritize Open Radio Access Network (Open RAN). “Open, intelligent,...

Germany announces $344 million fund for O-RAN projects

Germany’s Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure said it will provide 300 million euros ($344 million) in funding to develop and test Open RAN (O-RAN) technology in the country. In a release, the ministry said its aim is to advance the development and testing...

Brazil raises a total of $8.5 billion in 5G spectrum auction

Brazil raised a total of 47.2 billion reais ($8.5 billion) in its recent 5G spectrum auction, making it the second largest auction of assets in the country’s history, according to the government. Through this auction, the government offered spectrum in the 700 MHz, 2.3 GHz,...

Telefonica to reach 50% of Germany’s population with 5G by end-2022

German operator Telefónica Deutschland/O2, controlled by Spanish telco Telefonica, said it expects to reach 50% of the country’s population with its 5G service by the end of next year. By the end of this year, the carrier aims to reach 30% of Germany’s population with...

Telefonica taps Oracle for database cloud conversion

Telefonica and Oracle will convert database systems to Oracle Exadata Cloud@Customer, to aid Telefonica's transition to 5G services.

Telefonica taps IBM for 5G core network build

Telefonica will lean on IBM's expertise to build the 5G core network technology for its UNICA Next platform.

Spain to award 26 GHz band at the beginning of 2022 at the latest: report

The Spanish government aims to award spectrum in the 26 GHz band for the provision of 5G between the end of 2021 and the beginning of next year, Europa Press reported, citing remarks from the Secretary of State for Telecommunications and Intelligent Infrastructures, Roberto...

Masmovil 5G network reaches 553 towns and cities across Spain

Masmovil is using 3.5 GHz for its 5G offering Spanish telecom operator Masmovil is currently offering 5G service in 553 towns and cities in 39 provinces across Spain for the customers of its Yoigo brand, the company said in a release. The carrier’s 5G service is...

Spanish government raises $1.3 billion in 700 MHz spectrum auction

The Spanish government raised a total of 1.1 billion euros ($1.3 billion) in the 700 MHz spectrum auction, with local operators Telefónica, Vodafone and Orange securing these key frequencies to expand 5G services. The Spanish Ministry of Economic Affairs detailed that the government raised around...

Nokia, Ericsson to roll out Telefonica’s 5G SA radio network in Spain

Spanish operator Telefonica has officially announced its decision to award the contracts to deploy its 5G standalone (SA) radio networks across Spain to Nordic vendors Ericsson and Nokia. The deployment of Nokia and Ericsson 5G SA networks will be carried out on the 3.5 GHz...

Spanish telco Telefonica confirms participation in upcoming 700MHz tender

Spanish carrier Telefónica confirmed that it will participate in the auction of the 700 MHz band for 5G, which will be held next week. Joaquín Mata, Director of Operations, Network and IT at Telefónica Spain, said: “Telefónica has a clear commitment to the development of...

Masmovil’s 5G network reaches 435 Spanish cities

Spanish telecom operator Masmovil is already offering its 5G service in over 435 towns and cities in 39 provinces across Spain for the customers of its Yoigo brand, the carrier said in a release. The operator said that its 5G service currently reaches nearly 44%...

In addressing the global digital divide, there’s no silver bullet

In the massive effort to connect the billions of people without reliable access to broadband, there is no singular solution that can be delivered by one company or government. Bridging the digital divide doesn’t just have to do with the transport, core, or radio...

Telefonica, Vodafone and Orange to take part in Spain’s 5G auction

The Spanish government said it has received requests from telecommunications operators Telefónica, Vodafone and Orange to participate in the upcoming auction of 700MHz frequencies. In the auction, a total of 75 MHz divided into 60 MHz for upstream and downstream communications, and 15MHz for downstream...

IBM secures cloud, AI deals with Verizon and Telefonica

IBM also announced the expansion of its automation portfolio at MWC 2021 Helped along by its purchase of software company Red Hat, IBM has snagged cloud and artificial intelligence (AI) deals with Verizon and Telefonica. Using technology it obtained from the acquisition, IBM will offer the...

Telefonica selects Ericsson, Nokia for its 5G SA radio network: Report

Spanish operator Telefonica awarded contracts to roll out its 5G Standalone (SA) radio networks to Nordic vendors Ericsson and Nokia, local business newspaper Expansion reported. According to the report Chinese vendor Huawei, was excluded from 5G SA contracts. The newspaper reported that the decision to award...

TIM launches O-RAN lab in Turin

Telecom Italia (TIM) launched an Open Test and Integration Center (OTIC), a lab dedicated to testing Open RAN solutions, the telco said in a release. The new "TIM European OTIC Lab", approved by the O-RAN Alliance, will be based at the TIM Group's Innovation laboratories...

Masmovil’s 5G network reaches 340 Spanish cities

Spanish telecom operator Masmovil is already offering its 5G service in over 340 towns and cities in 39 provinces across Spain for the customers of its Yoigo brand, the company said in a release. The telco’s 5G service is being offered via a combination of...

American Tower completes acquisition of Telxius Towers in Latin America

American Tower Corporation (ATC) has closed the Latin American tranche of its Telxius Towers acquisition, comprised of over 7,000 communications sites in Brazil, Peru, Chile and Argentina, the company said in a release. ATC said that the total value of the transaction amounted to approximately...

American Tower completes first tranche of Telxius acquisition

American Tower Corporation announced that it has closed the first tranche of the acquisition of Telxius Towers, comprised of nearly 20,000 communications sites in Germany and Spain, for total consideration of approximately 6.2 billion euros ($7.6 billion). In a release, ATC said that the closing...

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