The latest 5G mobile technology has been officially switched on in Cork.
Vodafone made the announcement at UCC today becoming to the first operator to launch the faster internet service for mobile devices.
5G is a significant upgrade on speeds that the current 4G service.
Vodafone’s next-generation network goes live today in Cork, Dublin, Limerick, Galway and Waterford with additional locations planned in 2019.
New 5G enabled phones will also go on sale with Vodafone this week.
Vodafone’s new 5G network consists of fully standardised Ericsson 5G, which is being deployed over Vodafone Ireland’s recently acquired 5G spectrum.
Also at UCC today, Vodafone has announced a strategic partnership with the ASSERT Centre (Application of the Science of Simulation to Education, Research and Medical Technology) in UCC to make it the first 5G connected telemedicine and medical robotics training centre in the world.
The ASSERT Centre at UCC enables clinicians, industry and academics across a broad spectrum of healthcare research, to design, develop, deploy and trial innovative and disruptive healthcare solutions, in a simulated healthcare environment that deliver real-world solutions for healthcare problems in the developed and developing world.
Anne O’Leary, CEO of Vodafone Ireland 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."