Vodafone Portugal builds 4G and fibre solution for water company

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Vodafone is set to provide fixed and mobile connectivity to a Portuguese water company as the latter looks to launch new digital services.

The agreement will see the operator connecting 120 sites across the 13 companies of the Águas de Portugal Group, which supplies water services to around 80 percent of the country’s population.

The custom-built solution will comprise both 4G and fibre connectivity, as well as an unspecified range of services and applications.

Vodafone said the service was scalable and could respond to growth in bandwidth, as well as providing reliability and security of data traffic. It also said it would provide the flexibility needed for the utility to offer new services.

Financial details of the contract, which was won through an international public tender, were not disclosed.

Paula Carioca, Director for Business Sector at Vodafone Portugal, said: “Vodafone is once again demonstrating its unwavering commitment to Portuguese business, working daily to develop value-added propositions and offer companies the best means to respond to the challenge of digital transformation.”

February last year saw Vodafone Portugal teaming up with Ericsson and Qualcomm to achieve gigabit speeds over LTE in what it claimed was a major step towards 5G.

Its first 5G tests followed in October, hitting over the air speeds of 20GBps and demonstrating 1GBps on its 4.5G network. The trials with Ericsson used beamtracking and MU-MIMO to transmit files to two mobile devices under real propagation conditions.