Swedish operator group TeliaSonera has announced that its Spanish subsidiary Yoigo will launch LTE services in July. In doing so, it will become the first in Spain to offer 4G services.
Yoigo is Spain’s smallest mobile network operator in terms of subscriber numbers, according to Informa’s WCIS service. However, parent TeliaSonera has a considerable experience in launching 4G networks. In 2009 it became the first operator to launch 4G services in Sweden and Norway, and has since launched LTE services in all of its Nordic and Baltic markets.
Madrid will be the first city to be served by Yoigo’s 4G and the rest of Spain’s largest cities will be connected by the end of the year, covering 37 per cent of the population. By the end of 2014, 75 per cent of the population is expected to be able to use the technology, TeliaSonera added.
”We are in the lead of the industry and are answering upon the customers increasing demand of mobile surf by offering the latest technology to our customers, now also as the first operator in Spain”, said Per-Arne Blomqvist, acting CEO of TeliaSonera.
”Our customers shall have the best possible experience of mobile services, the highest speed of mobile surf and also the best mobile coverage”.
The service uses the 1800MHz spectrum band and will offer users a speeds of up to 100Mbps. Orange Spain, Telefonica and Vodafone only had GSM and W-CDMA offerings on the market as of March 2013, according to Informa’s WCIS service.