By launching 5G networks in Ireland, Vodafone has added another country to its European 5G portfolio. In collaboration with Ericsson, Vodafone enabled 5G networks in Cork, Dublin, Limerick, Galway and Waterford with further locations set to be announced later in 2019.
Vodafone's 5G customers will be able to upgrade to the 5G compatible Huawei Mate 20X 5G starting from 14 August. Furthermore, Samsung's Galaxy S10 5G will be available starting 30 August.
In addition to its 5G launch, Vodafone has also initiated a strategic partnership with the Application of the Science of Simulation to Education, Research and Medical Technology (ASSERT) centre University College, Cork. This will pioneer a range of 5G telemedicine and medical robotics use cases becoming a Vodafone 5G global centre of IoT excellence for healthcare and end-to-end solution development.
The CEO of Vodafone, Anne O'Leary 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. 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.”
Vodafone's new 5G network will be made up of Ericsson's fully standardised 5G kit which uses Ericsson's radio system and core technology.