Vodafone Portugal has confirmed that it launched 5G technology on 30 November. To celebrate the new network going live, Vodafone is making 5G access free of charge to all customers with compatible handsets. The free trial will run until 31 January 2022. In addition, Vodafone says it has activated immediate 5G roaming in neighbouring Spain.
Mario Vaz, CEO of Vodafone Portugal, commented: ‘Vodafone wants the experience of 5G technology to be as democratised as possible, and it is in this sense that we provide experimentation with [5G] to all our customers. As was our commitment, we will also ensure the presence of this technology in all district capitals.’
TeleGeography notes that Vodafone was the second highest bidder in Portugal’s recent 5G spectrum auction, paying EUR133.2 million (USD150.9 million) for a 2×10MHz block of 700MHz spectrum and a 1×90MHz block in the 3.6GHz band.