Under a week after Spain held its auction of 5G-compatible frequencies in the 700 MHz band, Telefonica has used the frequencies it acquired to carry out 5G-based TV tests in the town of Alcazar de San Juan in Castilla La Mancha. The operator teamed up with Ericsson and regional television network CMM for the broadcast, for which the partners used a special backpack from Dutch vendor Mobile Viewpoint BV that comes with a 5G modems at 700 MHz and a H.265 video dongle.
After conducting similar 5G broadcast tests earlier this week in Galicia, albeit on the 3.5 GHz band, Telefonica said the trial demonstrated how the 700 MHz band enables high quality live broadcasts thanks to the low latency and upload capacity of 5G. Alcazar de San Juan has now become the first Spanish locality with 5G coverage on the 700 MHz band, enabling local residents to enjoy the best mobile connectivity in Spain.
Telefonica ended up acquiring the cheapest 2x10 MHz block for EUR 310 million at last week’s auction due to faster deployment obligations. The operator has committed to bringing 5G before the June 2025 deadline to all localities with more than 20,000 inhabitants as well as airports, ports, AVE train stations, motorways and multi-lane roads.