Spanish operator Orange has begun testing a Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) network in partnership with Ericsson.
The FWA network was installed
in the rural locality of Castro del Rey in Galicia, and has been touted as an alternative to fibre by Orange. In this pilot, the FWA will provide users with better mobile phone coverage.
The project uses a 5G node (gNodeB) co-located with an LTE node (eNodeB) to provide the area with access to an ultra-fast network.
The scheme is part of the national 5G plan promoted by Spain’s ICT development agency Red.es, which hopes to promote 5G development and enable the development of a “digital economy”.
The project is also part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).