The Spanish mobile operator has announced plans to expand its 5G network to 2,000 municipalities by the end of the year.
Vodafone says it will use its holdings in the 700 MHz band for the rollout. This band is particularly well-suited for wide-area and indoor coverage. In addition, the operator will also use spectrum in the 3.6 GHz band.
Vodafone says its users will be able to download content up to five times faster than with its existing 4G network, while also benefiting from improved latency. Of the 1,000 new municipalities which will be covered, 238 have fewer than 1,000 inhabitants.
With 13.6 million subscribers, Vodafone is the second biggest mobile operator in Spain. However, a recent Ookla speed test report ranks the operator as last when it comes to median download speed, achieving only 26.06 Mbps, compared to Movistar’s 52.44 Mbps.