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The 5G that we were promised and the one we have in Spain are nothing alike

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Since the launch of 5G, operators have told us about all the benefits that this fifth generation network can give us. But what is the current situation of 5G in spain? At first, they told us about download speeds that would reach up to 20 Gbps. Although, for now, that promise is somewhat far from being fulfilled.

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To get an idea, let’s see the current 5G features in Spain, including the upload and download speeds offered by this network to users in our country. In this way, we can get an idea of ​​what this connection is really like right now.

Upload and download speeds

At the time, we were sold on the idea that, with the 5G connection, we could achieve a download speed up to 20 Gbps. And not only this, but the latency would be only 1 millisecond. Although, for the moment, this objective is far from being achieved.

The harsh reality is that, with the intention of rapidly expanding this fifth generation network throughout Spain, the operators have opted to provide the base stations with the DSS technology (Dynamic Spectrum Share). In this way, 4G coverage is used, but a pseudo 5G is obtained. In addition, you must bear in mind that current networks are 5G NSA and not 5G SA.

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In any case, if we take a look at the study carried out by Opensignal (during 2022) that has now come to light in which the 5G mobile network in Spain, we will see that we are still a long way from enjoying all the benefits of this mobile network. For example, these are the upload and download speed data of the Movistar, Orange, Vodafone and Yoigo networks:

5G download speed

  • Movistar: 140.90 Mbps.
  • Orange: 155 Mbps.
  • Vodafone: 147.8 Mbps.
  • Yogo: 143.9 Mbps.
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5G upload speed

  • Movistar: 24.8 Mbps.
  • Orange: 23.5 Mbps.
  • Vodafone: 19.2 Mbps.
  • Yogo: 19.9 Mbps.

5G speed Spain

On average, we will have an average download speed of 147 Mbps, while upload speed is approximately 22 Mbps. Therefore, if we see the parameters that we had been promised with the use of this fifth generation network, it is still a long way from fulfilling what they promised.

Experience of use and availability of 5G

In this study, the 5G user experience has also been analyzed for: video, games and voice applications. Once again of the fifth generation networks of Movistar, Orange, Vodafone and Yoigo. As for video, Movistar and Orange are ahead of the other two operators. While, in the gaming experience using this network, all operators are on par, except the MásMóvil group company.

Finally, when using the 5G for voice appsall maintain a good score, as users have rated as «Excellent» said experience. Although, in this case, the one that has obtained the worst rating is Orange.

However, we not only see how 5G does not fulfill what it promises, but also that its availability leaves much to be desired, as well as its reach in the Spanish population. In this case, Vodafone has a lot of work ahead of it, since it is very far from its direct competitors. Especially, in the 5G availability For your customers.

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