Vodafone to launch Ireland's first 5G network in five counties today
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Vodafone has become the first network in Ireland to offer 5G connectivity to its customers. 5G is expected to be faster than the 4G network that most Irish smartphones currently use through their cellular data plans.
The telecommunications company made the announcement on Tuesday afternoon. The initial rollout will include Dublin, Galway, Cork, Waterford and Limerick, though more locations are planned before the year is out.
Vodafone has also announced a strategic partnership with the ASSERT Centre (Application of the Science of Simulation to Education, Research and Medical Technology) in University College Cork (UCC), making it the first 5G connected telemedicine and medical robotics training centre in the world.
In order to access Vodafone's 5G, you need to already have a 5G ready plan and 5G coverage, as well as a 5G-capable phone.
Vodafone is also partnered with Ericsson in the venture, who are providing 5G for major communication networks in several other countries including the United States, the UK, Germany and Spain.
Speaking at the launch, Anne O'Leary, CEO of Vodafone said: "5G is set to revolutionise 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."