The 5G National Plan, presented today, foresees that the first 5G networks begin to be deployed in tests next summer.

The Ministry of Energy and Digital Agenda has set the roadmap for the development of 5Gmobile telephony networks in Spain. With the National Plan of 5G , the government seeks to place Spain among the most advanced countries in the development of this new mobile technology, with which speeds of between 1 GB and 3 GB per second can be achieved.

The first step will be to auction the first frequencies for the 5G . In January 2018, the bidding process for spectrum will start in the 3.6 GHz and 1.5 GHz frequency bands, intended for urban coverage.

Next, the already occupied part of the 3.6 GHz band , owned by Telefónica, Orange, Eurona and Neo-Sky (MásMóvil) , will be reordered to establish larger and more contiguous blocks. For the other two bands suitable for 5G, 26 GHz and 700 MHz, an auction date has not yet been set.

The second pillar of this plan is the realization of pilot tests . The ministry intends that the first 5G networks begin to be deployed in “five or six geographical areas” next summer, so that operators and manufacturers can experiment in 2019 and 2020 with use cases in areas such as industry 4.0, transport, automotive, energy and tourism.

Finally, the Digital Agenda roadmap establishes support for R & D & I and the development of 5G ecosystems. This support will include public aid to promote pilot projects and technological solutions, reports La Vanguardia .

The ministry considers that the 5G mobile technology is “the cornerstone” of the Spanish digital transformation . It expects its networks to begin to be deployed in 2020 and that its introduction in Spain will have an economic impact of up to 14,600 million euros before 2025, when they should cover the main urban areas and transport networks.