Orange has made official the deployment of its 5G “Stand Alone” or 5G SA network in Spain.
The Orange’s 5G network is about to level up in Spain. The orange operator has announced today, through a press release, a expansion in their networks with the aim of adding compatibility with 5G SA or 5G Stand Alone servicethus becoming the first operator in Spain to offer this technology.
Orange will call this technology “5G+”, since it brings with it some important improvements compared to the 5G NSA connectivity that had been used until now. Initially, it will be compatible with some specific smartphones, and it will only be available in some regions.
Orange is the first operator to offer 5G SA in Spain
As the company has announced in the press release, 5G SA connectivity will be available first in Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and Seville. Later, other cities will be added to the list of regions with 5G+ coverage. Orange indicates that the coverage of the new service in the cities where it will be available greater than 90%.
As for the smartphones available, initially they will be models like the Samsung Galaxy S22, Xiaomi 12 either Xiaomi 12T, including the different variants of each of the families. Over the months, other models will be added to the list of compatible terminals.
The jump to 5G+ will not result in a price increase for current Orange customers. However, they will get some important improvements when it comes to using 5G technology, including a better indoor 5G coveragea lower latency in the connection, a less impact in the battery consumption of the devices or greater security thanks to the use of more advanced encryption protocols.
Given the the maximum number of connected devices is also increasedthe saturation of 5G networks should cease to be a problem, since up to one million connections per square kilometer are allowed.
Orange has worked with Ericsson, Nokia and Oracle as providers of its 5G SA network, and they claim to have invested a total of €531 million in the acquisition of 5G frequencies along all bands since 2016.