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1. Telefonica Launches 5G Network in Spain Telefonica, one of Spain's largest telecom operators, has launched its 5G network, making it the first country in Europe to do so. The network, which is currently only available in Madrid and Barcelona, is expected to expand to other cities in the coming months. The company has said the network will offer speeds up to 10 times faster than current 4G networks, allowing users to stream high-definition video without buffering and download large files in seconds. The 5G network will also enable new technologies such as virtual reality and connected cars. Telefonica's 5G network is powered by Nokia's AirScale base station technology. 2. Telefonica To Acquire British Telecom Firm O2 Telefonica, Spain's largest telecommunications company, has agreed to acquire British telecom firm O2 for $15.6 billion. The acquisition will give Telefonica access to O2's more than 23 million customers in the UK and will make it the country's second-largest mobile operator. The deal is expected to close in the second half of 2018 and will be subject to regulatory approval. Telefonica said the move would help it become a global leader