Vodafone CEO Nick Read has consistently publicly expressed support for Huawei in the case of the US ban and keeps technology at bay in the 5G business. Spain is poised to become the third country in Europe to connect to the fifth generation mobile and to operate commercial services 5G, starting tomorrow, June 15, according to El País.
The service will operate in 15 cities: Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Seville, Malaga, Zaragoza, Bilbao, Vitória, San Sebastián, Corunna, Vigo, Pamplona, Gijon, Logronho and Santander, with coverage of around 50%, according to António Coimbra, CEO of Vodafone Spain. In addition to Huawei, Vodafone also has Ericsson as technology partner, as SAPO TEK has witnessed in the cross-border connection in Minho.
Vodafone thus becomes the first operator of the 5G network in the Spanish market, and the third country in Europe to start the fifth generation after Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Vodafone has announced that it will arrive in seven UK cities on July 3 including London, Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool, Glasgow, Cardiff and Bristol, and may also have Huawei hardware, according to Gizchina.
Note that at the start of the 5G operations in Spain, Vodafone only includes in its catalog the equipment Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, LG V50 ThinQ5G and Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 5G. The Huawei Mate X 5G will have been left out of the offer due to lack of certification in Spain and Google ban on used Android operating system.
In Spain, the 5G service will be available without price increase for customers who subscribed to the new tariff plans for unlimited contracts, either in the mobile soil package, such as fiber and mobile. Vodafone advises customers with old plans to upgrade to unlimited rates, thereby boosting the service start-up.
Regarding prices, for reference, the service starts at 40.99 euros per month for the cheapest mobile service and 64.99 for mobile / fiber. The values increase through contracted speeds.