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Telefonica Issues Tender for Spanish LTE Network

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Spain's Telefonica is reported to have issued a tender for an LTE network deployment making it the last mobile network in the country to have done so.

All three rivals, Orange, Vodafone and Yoigo plan to launch their LTE networks in the coming weeks, while Telefonica hasn't even started building its yet.

The delay is reported by Expansion due to the mobile network's fully used 1800Mhz spectrum lacking any spare capacity for refarming at LTE services. The mobile network had planned to delay its LTE deployment until the government auctioned off blocks of 800Mhz spectrum, but that has now been delayed.

Citing sources, the newspaper suggested that the mobile network could now launch LTE services this coming October, but will have to use its 2.6Ghz spectrum instead -- limiting the number of handsets it can offer and reducing performance when indoors.

Telefonica is however also said to be in talks with the country's smallest network, Yoigo about a national roaming agreement for its LTE network.

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