The implementation of 5G is progressing at a faster speed than many had predicted. While mainstream networks are still months away, the first tests are already taking place. The advent of 5G will bring much faster internet speeds and lower latency to mobile and home internet users.
5G in Spain
Vodafone and Huawei have worked together to set up the first 5G network nodes in the world. These nodes have been set up in an urban innovation space in the city of Madrid, Spain.
Vodafone offers cell phone services in the country, while Huawei is one of the largest manufacturers of smartphones in the world. It is clear these companies have an interest in pushing 5G, which is why they are happy to work together.
Setting Up 5G Infrastructure
So much goes into the setup of new mobile technology. It is not as simple as flipping a switch and giving users access to faster speeds. Components such as the quadrature hybrid coupler must work to a higher standard. Utility lines and other technology must be setup at the location.
Planned 5G Demonstrations
The goal of Huawei and Vodafone is not just to hasten the development of 5G in Spain. Since Vodafone has the rights to much of the 5G spectrum for the country, they want to push ahead with demonstrations of how the network would operate.
The company claims to have already set up more than 30 antennas for 5G in Madrid and a few other Spanish cities. Trials for 5G will be happening in places such as Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao, Malaga and Seville.
It is unclear what further role Huawei will play in these trials. There is a good chance the phone manufacturer will eventually unveil its first 5G smartphone. It is possible that hardware will be used when Vodafone begins to test and demonstrate 5G connectivity in Spain.