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Spanish telecom Telefónica has started the fifth generation or 5G mobile network in two regions in Spain – Segovia and Talavera de la Reina. The telecom giant launched the project in partnership with mobile device manufacturers Nokia and Ericsson.
“With the 5G Technological Cities project, Telefónica is turning the technology of the future into reality and providing a constant service for people. This is why we will perform the technological deployment and use cases in parallel so that we will serve people with the new technologies,” said Luis Miguel Gilpérez, the CEO of the company.
The 5G mobile network technology is the proposed next telecommunications standard beyond the 4G network. Like 4G, the 5G aims to upgrade mobile communication services with higher capacity, better data transfer, and more stable connection, which are particular for the use of devices under the Internet of Things. The requirements of the 5G standard have not been cemented yet, however, the network should fulfill the following:
- Significant reduction of latency than LTE.
- About one GB per second simultaneous speed among people on the same floor.
- About 10 MB per second of data transfer speed for tens of thousands of users.
- About 100 MB per second data speed in metropolitan areas and major cities.
- Vast improvements in coverage and connection speed.
The project of Telefónica will turn the two cities into “testing labs” for three years to determine the stability of the next-gen network. The company is also exploring other aspects where 5G can be useful, such as automation and digitization of industrial processes. The next generation network is currently led by several companies including Samsung, Intel, and Huawei.