The 5G network currently deployed in Spain is NSA, or Non-Standalone. This implies that the connection between the antennas and the mobiles is made using the 5G standard, but then uses the 4G infrastructure to carry the data through the rest of the network. This makes the access points have a greater capacity, in addition to greatly reducing the cost of the initial deployment. So the next step is to unfold 5G SA, or Standalone, which does use an infrastructure designed with 5G in mind capable of delivering higher speeds and even lower latencies.
And Vodafone has revealed what will be the next phase for the deployment of these networks in the United Kingdom, which was the first country where they began to deploy them a few weeks before doing so in Spain.
Coventry University, first place with 5G SA from Vodafone
The first network with the best 5G is already available in the Coventry University, and is the first of this style unfolded. The operator claims that the network offers more capacity, higher speed, and a more reliable connection. It will also allow you to take advantage of advantages such as network slicing (dedicate parts of the network to ensure minimum performance) or edge computing (using the power of the cloud).
The deployment has been done in collaboration with Ericsson, MediaTek, Oppo and Qualcomm (no trace of Huawei), and will be the training ground for the latest wireless virtual reality technology to support medical and nursing professionals and students. Scott Petty, CTO of Vodafone UK, has stated that this is a new milestone on the road to 5G, where a year later they have launched the first networks compatible with the best 5G, in an important step towards bringing this connection to greater part of the population in the coming years.
5G in Spain is available in 21 cities
Today’s 5G network is offering the best mobile experiences, with speeds of hundreds of Mbps in the palm of your hand. Those experiences are just the beginning, according to Vodafone, since networks like the one deployed at Coventry University are an example of the potential of 5G and how it will change the way we live and use devices.
The deployment of 5G has not stopped progressing in recent months. It currently offers service in 44 UK locations, while in Spain it is already available in 21: Madrid, Barcelona, Zaragoza, Valencia, Malaga, Seville, Pamplona, Vitoria, San Sebastián, Logroño, Bilbao, Santander, Gijón, A Coruña, Vigo, Murcia, Alicante, Benidorm, Palma de Mallorca, Valladolid and Badajoz.