Vodafone tests Advanced LTE in Spain

Juan Fernandez Gonzalez | 11-12-2013

Vodafone Spain has announced that it will start testing its LTE-A network in some areas of Madrid. According to the company, the first phase of the project will allow download speeds of up to 300Mbps.

While the regular LTE has barely arrived in Spain - Vodafone was the first company to launch the service last summer - the telco has decided to start testing the advanced network, which some experts point to as being the true fourth generation mobile network. The tests are among the first in the world, and take place only a month after Vodafone unveiled its plans to deploy LTE-A worldwide sometime in the near future.

The telco is already running some pilot tests with pre-commercial LTE modems, using its network in the 1,800MHz and 2,600MHz bands. According to the company, the networks have reached points of 297Mbps, while keeping stable speeds of around 280Mbps. These figures are nearly double the speed of the maximum reached by regular and commercial LTE.

The testing will be carried out over the next few months in Madrid and Barcelona, with the coverage zone gradually increasing. Vodafone has not set a date for a commercial release, but says that the network will be ready for the first devices equipped with LTE-A.