5G Radio Access Network (RAN) and Core products and systems from Ericsson are powering Orange Spain's 5G services in Madrid and Barcelona, the nation's two largest cities, following the communication service provider's September 7 nationwide commercial 5G launch.
Ericsson's initial 5G deployments in Madrid and Barcelona will be followed by other locations under a four-year partnership to help Orange Spain develop its 5G services across Spain.
Operating on 3.6 GHz spectrum, the 5G network in Madrid and Barcelona is powered by the Ericsson Radio System (Baseband 6648 and AIR 6488 antenna), delivering Massive MIMO, a key technology that significantly increases network capacity and spectral efficiency.
Ericsson also supplies Orange Spain with a 5G Evolved Packet Core to support 5G New Radio non-standalone (NSA), including control plane, user plane and policy network functions. These are all parts of the Ericsson Cloud Core portfolio.
Enhanced mobile broadband and advanced gaming are expected to be among the first benefits to be enjoyed by Orange Spain's customers through the increased speed and lower latency enabled by 5G. The technology platform will also enable innovation opportunities for Orange Spain across business, industry, society and subscriber use and business cases.