Spanish mobile network operator Orange Espana has announced that it is testing LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) in the city of Valencia. With the cellco saying that it is utilising SingleRAN technology provided by Chinese vendor Huawei, Orange said that in trialling LTE-A it had combined 20MHz in the 2600MHz band and 10MHz in the 1800MHz band, and claimed to have registered speeds of up to 222Mbps. In terms of further developments, Orange has said that it aims to integrate a further six nodes with a view to making a small LTE-A network in the city centre.
As noted in TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, in July 2013 Orange Espana launched commercial 4G services in the cities of Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Seville, Malaga and Murcia. In confirming the latest network development Orange noted that it has now spent around EUR17 million (USD23.4 million) on its 4G infrastructure in Valencia, adding that it now has coverage across the metropolitan area of the city, and saying that it aims to expand to the municipalities of Paterna, Sagunto, Torrent, Gandia and Xativa soon.