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