independent

Friday 13 December 2019

Business technology as we know it looks set to change with 5G

The world of business technology appears set to change as Vodafone Ireland has now switched on the first commercial 5G coverage network across Waterford, Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Galway.

A spokesperson for Vodafone Ireland confirmed Wexford and other more rural areas were not part of the roll-out announcement.

'At this point we are just finalising next roll-out, so I can't give you any definitives just yet,' the spokesperson said.

The company going forward see 5G as having a huge impact on technology use and adoption in nearly every industry across Ireland.

Although Vodafone Ireland are the first Irish network operator to launch 5G, Eir and Three are expected to follow by the end of the year.

The mobile operator has partnered with other technology companies such as the ASSERT in University College Cork, the telemedicine and medical robotics training centre.

Together they hope this new network will support many other new technologies, including artificial intelligence, the internet of things, connected cities and self-driving cars.

5G signals are less capable of traveling large distances so they require strengthening in the form of increased infrastructure, such as booster antennas, provided by companies like Wexford's Taoglas.

It has taken 18 months to bring this development to life, and during that time there has been mixed reaction from the general public on the safety of the new technology.

Any potential health risks were dismissed by the Vodafone Ireland spokesperson.

The main difference between 5G and the existing 4G is speed, with 5G coverage able to download large files almost instantly or stream high resolution video without buffering.

Wexford People