Voda­fone chief hails 5G as it switches on cell in Dublin dock­lands

Irish Independent - Business Week - - TECHNOLOGY - Adrian Weck­ler

VODA­FONE has in­stalled the first 5G mo­bile site in Dublin, claim­ing that it will pave the way for au­tonomous cars, faster mo­bile broad­band, smart cities and other new tech­nolo­gies.

How­ever, the com­pany’s Ir­ish boss says that it will be “com­ple­men­tary” to the ru­ral broad­band roll­out rather than a re­place­ment for fi­bre. Anne O’Leary also said that 5G would “not nec­es­sar­ily” re­quire more masts to get the ben­e­fits of faster mo­bile broad­band.

5G is ca­pa­ble of con­nect­ing mo­bile de­vices at the speed of fi­bre. How­ever, there are cur­rently no 5G phones or other de­vices avail­able on the mar­ket.

“5G is a ma­jor step change com­pared to 4G,” said Max Gas­par­roni, Voda­fone Ire­land’s in­terim CTO. “It has much higher data rates and speeds. It also has ul­tra low la­tency and high re­li­a­bil­ity rates for in­fra­struc­ture.”

Voda­fone and Eric­s­son have also part­nered with No­vaUCD at Univer­sity Col­lege Dublin, to cre­ate a new 5G ac­cel­er­a­tor pro­gramme.

Voda­fone’s Anne O’Leary

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