O2 launches 5G SA in major cities across Spain

Spanish company O2 has successfully launched a 5G Standalone (5G SA) service in many parts of Spain. The next-generation cellular network running on dedicated infrastructure is available in Barcelona, Madrid, Malaga, Palma de Mallorca, etc.

Spanish company O2, which is a brand of local telecom operator Movistar, launched 5G Standalone (5G SA) services, local press reported. For the unaware, 5G SA is opposite to 5G Nsa which means non-standalone architecture. 5G SA runs on its own decicated gears and delivers efficient network performance unlike 5G Nsa which is set on existing LTE infrastructure.

According to the telco, its latest service is available in Avila, Barcelona, Castellon, Ferrol, Gran Canaria, Madrid, Malaga, Palma de Mallorca, Segovia, Seville and Vigo. The company plans to further expand the service in more cities in the near future. O2 is a sub-brand of Movistar.

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O2 customers have access to 5G services since December 2022. The company’s subscribers will have their mobile devices connect automatically to 5G without having to make any steps.

If you were unaware, O2 users have been getting access to 5G services since December 2022. Its parent company Movistar is a part of Span’s elite telco group Telefonica. Movistar for its part launched 5G SA in Spain in mid-2023.

Movistar, in the meantime, provided 5G SA in 11 cities: Madrid, Barcelona, Malaga, Seville, Palma de Mallorca, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Ávila, Segovia, Castellón, El Ferrol and Vigo.

Movistar’s 5G SA network utilizes gears provided by telco gear vendors Ericsson and Nokia and operates in the 3.5 GHz band. The network delivers speed of up to 1.6 Gbps.

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