Vodafone switches on 5G in five cities in Ireland
Vodafone Ireland has just launched the first commercial 5G network in Ireland today. Live across locations in Cork, Limerick, Dublin, Galway and Waterford, they will continue expanding their network throughout the country over the coming months.
Speaking at the launch event, Anne O’Leary, CEO of Vodafone Ireland, said: “5G is set to revolutionize how we use and adopt technology and will have a huge impact on businesses and society in Ireland. It will bring high speed, ultra-low latency and highly secure connectivity to a massive amount of devices; and is a technology that will unlock a vast array of new use cases through Vodafone’s next-generation network.”
5G is the next generation of mobile data connectivity, capable of considerably faster downloads than existing 4G and 3G technology. It can also handle larger volumes of data, which is seen as increasingly important as more internet-connected devices come to market.
To avail of the new 5G network, you will need a 5G ready plan, 5G coverage and a 5G compatible phone to connect to the Vodafone 5G network. The first two 5G handsets that will be available on Vodafone will be the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G and the Huawei Mate20 X. A number of other 5G-compatible handsets are expected to launch for Irish consumers in the coming months.
Vodafone’s 5G rollout in Ireland today follows the launch of 5G services in the US back in April, with some British cities also seeing upgrades in the last couple of weeks. How long it will take to get the new network to the same coverage as 4G is anyone’s guess. Three and eir are planning on launching their own 5G networks later this year.