Orange has invested 45 million euros in the deployment of fourth-generation network in Barcelona, one of the Spanish cities in which the operator has this week launched commercial 4G services.
The modernization of the access network and transmission as well as specific investments in 4G technology will allow locals surf at speeds up to ten times faster than current mobile networks.
Currently, Orange offers 4G coverage throughout the metropolitan area of Barcelona and in the municipalities of L’Hospitalet de Llobregat and El Prat, but subsequently extended to the towns of Sabadell, Terrassa, Manresa, Mataro and Santa Coloma de Gramenet.
The president of Orange Spain, Luis Alberto Salazar and CEO of the company, Jean Marc Vignolles, presented on Wednesday July 11, in Barcelona the release of 4G network in the city, in a ceremony at the Casa de Mar Llotja.
The CEO of Orange Spain, Jean Marc Vignolles, stressed in a statement: operator will contribute to the challenge of placing Spain among the leaders in next generation networks in the near future.
Vignolles met with the Mayor of Barcelona, Xavier Trias, who stressed that “This bet the city strengthens its position as the Mobile World Capital”.
He added that it is a step in the strategy to partner with companies that invest and bet on Barcelona to develop its business tied to a future strategic sector such as new technologies, which help to generate wealth and welfare of citizens.
The operator also ensures that the commercialization of new 4G services in the Catalan capital confirms its focus on innovation and investment in the deployment of super broadband infrastructure in Spain.
Coinciding with the release of the fourth-generation network, Orange has announced the renewal and simplification of their supply contract rates for both residential market for freelancers and companies.
Orange offers 4G rates from 23 USD per month.
Three operators in the Spanish market – Telefonica, Vodafone, and Orange – have signed an agreement that allows infrastructure sharing of fiber-optic cable in the vertical section of fiber-to-the-building (FTTB) networks. The agreement outlines the types of buildings in which vertical infrastructures will be shared and the technical procedures that will make this possible. The operators will gradually specify the cities, areas, and buildings in which they want to roll-out optical fiber and the building managers and operators will prepare an infrastructure delivery plan. The agreement also includes the option to transfer existing undertakings or for each company to build its own.