Ericsson 5G standalone technology powers Movistar’s most advanced network
- Movistar launches 5G+ to consumers, enterprises, and society in Spain, and has activated 5G standalone in 11 cities
- Ericsson’s 5G core network technology combined with its radio access network (RAN) will enable Telefónica to create a unique offering and experience and introduce the most advanced functionalities such as ultra-low latency, high throughput and massive number of connections.
- Movistar, which already covers more than 700 municipalities throughout Spain with 3.5 GHz, will accelerate the mid-band deployment during the second half of the year with the aim of reaching around 1,000 locations by the end of 2023.
Movistar, a leader in the deployment of 3.5GHz frequencies, is accelerating development in this band across the Spanish territory to offer high-performance connectivity to its subscribers throughout the country as part of their launch of 5G+.
Ericsson’s dual-mode 5G Core solution, on top of Ericsson Cloud Infrastructure, combined with its radio access network (RAN) deployment on 3.5 GHz covering the main cities will allow Movistar to create a unique offering and experience for Consumer and Enterprise. Additionally, these solutions will introduce the most advanced functionalities of 5G standalone technology such as ultra-low latency, high throughput, and massive number of connections.
The introduction of 5G standalone within 5G+ commercial launch, marks a new milestone in Telefónica and Ericsson long term collaboration that will unlock the full potential of 5G for Movistar customers, enabling consumers to enjoy unique mobile experiences and industries/enterprises to capture unprecedent opportunities leveraging the advanced capabilities of 5G standalone technology.
It will also enable super-fast response times and faster access to higher data rates, that are needed, for example to take cloud gaming and immersive media experiences to the next level.
In addition to this, standalone technology will also support enhanced capabilities in Telefónica’s 5G commercial network, such as network slicing, enabling higher flexibility as different parts of the network can be allocated for different specific use cases. This will enable new business models across all verticals, creating greater monetization opportunities for Telefónica’s business.
The 5G+ launch is complemented by the coverage in the 700 MHz band that Movistar has been offering since last year and currently reaches more than 2,200 municipalities. In this way, Movistar, already offers 5G coverage to more than 85 percent of the population with a strong presence within the national territory. This launch of 5G+ positions Telefónica as a frontrunner and a technology leader in the European market.