Vodafone Italy said it aims to tranform Milan into the 5G capital of Europe. The Operator expects to achieve 80% of 5G coverage in Milan and its metropolitan area by December 2018.
Vodafone Italy has acquired 5G spectrum for a total cost of €2.4 billion in a recent auction hosted by the Ministry of Economic Development. Specifically, the Operator acquired the following three spectrum bands;
- 3700 MHz – 80 MHz for €1,685 million, available from 1 January 2019 with a licence duration of 19 years.
- 700 MHz – 2 x 10 MHz FDD (Frequency Division Duplexing) for €683 million, available from July 2022 with a licence duration of 15.5 years.
- 26 GHz – 200 MHz for €33 million, available from 1 January 2019 with a licence duration of 19 years.
The 3700 MHz spectrum acquired can be immediately utilised by Vodafone Italy to enhance coverage, improve capacity, and for the rapid development of 5G services.
When it is available from 2022, the 700 MHz spectrum will be used to deploy enhanced 5G services, providing nationwide coverage at very high speed and very low latency for next-generation applications including IoT, virtual and augmented reality, connected vehicles and robotics. Vodafone can also use the 26 GHz spectrum acquired to deliver high capacity services in densely populated locations such as city centres, sports stadiums or industrial plants.