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MedUX 5G Report: Vodafone’s 5G 8x faster than 4G in Spain

Published on February 28, 2020

MedUX is conducting walking and light drive tests to gain an independent view to find out about 5G data connectivity promises.  

In the scope of this study, we measured 5G in strategic locations in Madrid: Puerta del Sol, Gran Vía, Glorieta Bilbao and Plaza de Colon. Our findings confirm significantly higher speeds, lower latency and jitter for the Vodafone 5G network in contrast with that of 4G. 


Figure: Overview of Technology and speed performance measurements. The blue spots mark 5G areas, and the size of spots reflects download
Figure 1: 5G vs 4G overview of  speed performance measurements. The blue spots mark 5G areas, and the size of spots reflects download speeds |Source: MedUX


Discover what early 5G deployments can offer thanks to MedUX 5G vs 4G field measurements in Spain! To find out more details, please download our study here:




Spain is one of the first European countries that had an ultrafast 5G network with Vodafone’s launch in June 2019 in collaboration with Huawei and Ericsson. To date, Vodafone is still the only operator that has rolled out the 5G service, while its competitors Telefónica, Orange and MásMóvil apparently are not set to unveil theirs until 2020 or even 2021. 

The industry has high expectations for 5G, with the most important use cases falling into three categories: enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB), ultra-reliable low-latency communication (URLLC) and massive IoT (also known as massive machine-type communications). 

To deliver all the 5G promises, telecom operators and other stakeholders not only must overcome new technology challenges, but also ensure the right experience according to end users’ expectations. 

With initial 5G deployments focusing on eMBB, it is essential to test and monitor the performance from a customer perspective. MedUX cost-effective, plug-and-play and smartphone-based testing solutions can be used for 5G benchmarking, quality assurance, real-time performance monitoring, optimisation and planning. 

MedUX helps operators prioritise investments and upgrades, not only based on technical network indicators, but also on expected impact on network quality and Quality of Experience (QoE). Among other things, we support the identification of the strategic location of stations and radio equipment in high-density areas. 

While you're here, take a look at the live demonstration of our cost-effective light drive testing solution to benchmark, monitor and improve mobile networks. MedUX Light Drive Testing aims to improve Customer Experience and satisfaction while testing and understanding mobile services from the end-user's perspective. It will help telco operators reduce churn rate, enable cost savings, support prime revenue streams and have a positive impact on brand perception and differentiation.  

MedUX light-drive test in Madrid

Don't hesitate to schedule a meeting time or conference with one of our experts.



Our team will be glad to discuss our new features to continue improving Customer Experience in the 5G era. Please contact us and find out how we help operators around the world deliver new technology promises while testing and gaining visibility into services from the user perspective.


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