Vodafone 5G

Vodafone launches Ireland’s first commercial 5G network

Vodafone has launched Ireland’s first commercial 5G service, covering Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick, and Waterford. Vodafone says it will expand the network to other locations over the coming months with a full roll-out forecast by the end of 2020.

While Vodafone said it expects 5G to eventually be available even in hard-to-reach rural locations, it reiterated that it should not be seen as a substitute for the National Broadband Plan (NBP), which has still to get off the ground after a sequence of controversies and delays.

The initial roll-out of 5G makes the technology available to about 300,000 people across the State. Those wishing to upgrade will need a new smartphone with Vodafone offering either the Huawei Mate 20X 5G or the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G handsets to customers. Customers who already own a 5G-enabled phone can access the new network simply by contacting the operator and asking to switch to it.

Monthly price plans will cost €25 per month for a SIM-only plan under an introductory offer, and from €40 with a new handset.

“This is truly a historic occasion for everyone at Vodafone,” declared Anne O’Leary, Vodafone Ireland CEO.

“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.

“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.”

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