Not every country views Huawei as a threat. Vodafone Espana launched one of the first commercial 5G networks on the continent with Huawei as its core equipment supplier.
Following Switzerland, Spain is the next location in Europe where users with enabled devices can enjoy the benefits of a commercially available, ultrafast 5G mobile network. Like with other 5G projects around the world, the carriers focus at the major cities first.
Vodafone Espana launched its 5G mobile services in 15 Spanish cities, including Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and Seville. The service covers apx. half of the population of these settlements.
This is the largest functioning 5G network for big cities in Europe. The network offers a maximum download speed of 1Gbps, which is planned to be extended to 2 Gbps by the end of the year. When, ready, Spanish 5G would be 10 times faster than the existing 4G network.
The core network equipment supplier of Vodafone Espana is Huawei. Vodafone and Huawei has been in a close cooperation for 10 years. The Chinese national champion company is barred from 5G projects in the U.S, Canada, Australia, Japan, and Vietnam.
The Spanish network is believed to be a vanguard of other 5G projects of the transnational operators in Europe. Huawei, owner of the most 5G patents in the world, has been not banned from network development projects on the old continent yet. The Chinese equipment maker has 25 active 5G contracts in Europe.
Their biggest rival in 5G network development is Nokia. The Finnish telecommunications company is catching up with Huawei progressively and has secured the same amount of 5G contracts, 42, globally.