Vodafone Ireland in partnership with Ericsson has become the first mobile operator in Ireland to launch commercial 5G. Vodafone’s next-generation network will not only provide faster speeds for customers but it is set to have a huge impact on technology use and adoption in nearly every industry across Ireland.
Live across locations in Cork, Limerick, Dublin, Galway, and Waterford, Vodafone will continue expanding the network to further locations in Ireland over the coming months.
Furthermore, Vodafone has today 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.
The announcement is set to revolutionise healthcare delivery across Ireland and the world, with ASSERT in Cork to become a Vodafone 5G global centre of IOT excellence for healthcare and end-to-end solution development.
Vodafone’s new 5G network consists of fully standardised Ericsson 5G, which is being deployed over Vodafone Ireland’s recently acquired 5G spectrum. Using Ericsson Radio System, this game-changing network will support many other new technologies - including artificial intelligence, the internet of things, connected cities and self-driving cars.
Anne O’Leary, CEO of Vodafone Ireland said, “this is truly a historic occasion for everyone at Vodafone, for me personally and for the ASSERT Centre. As a business, we have spent the last 18 months preparing the groundwork for the launch of Ireland’s first commercial 5G network and today we begin our switch-on in locations in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway, and Waterford.
“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.
“I am incredibly proud to announce a new strategic partnership with the ASSERT Centre in UCC, Cork, a centre truly at the cutting edge of medical innovation. This is the first centre of its type in the world that will be connected to 5G. Through ASSERT, and its connection to Vodafone’s 5G network, surgeons can now train to use world-leading technologies that will radically change our lives and deliver solutions to healthcare problems across the developed and developing world.”
John Griffin, Managing Director of Ericsson Ireland added, “we work closely with our customers to be at the forefront of technology and we were the first to support the launch every generation of mobile technology in Ireland. We are therefore proud to support the first 5G launch too.
Ericsson has been investing in Ireland for 60 years. Our Research and Development centre in Athlone is still one of the biggest in the country, where they have currently developing key components of 5G networks and firmly putting Ireland on the map of 5G innovation.
“By providing solutions for almost two-thirds of all commercially launched 5G networks spanning across 4 continents, Ericsson is leading the way for the next generation of connectivity.”