5G in Ireland


13th August 2019 – Vodafone has switched on 5G in five cities in Ireland.

“The 5G coverage will be available in parts of Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford. Vodafone says that “additional locations” in city and urban areas will be covered later this year, with a more general rollout to follow over the next two years.” https://www.independent.ie/business/technology/vodafone-switches-on-5g-mobile-in-ireland-cities-first-rural-later-38399480.html

Imagine are installing “5G Ready” wireless broadband to homes and offices.  They are not using 5G band frequencies yet because guidelines have not been approved by ComReg. This installation will mean the erection of masts and antennae and small antennae to be placed on user’s homes.  By June 2020 they plan to erect over 300 new masts across the country.  As at July 2019, they have erected 155 masts.

Eir are preparing for launch of 5G smartphones and 5G services in Dublin and other cities in September 2019. They are also upgrading their 4G network across the country to give 99% coverage. EIR 5G launch

Other telecoms and wireless companies will follow suit very quickly.

The primary 5G frequency to be used in Ireland will be in the 3.6GHz spectrum which is a mid range frequency.  Other spectrums  are to be auctioned off by ComReg in due course – 700MHz (low frequency) and 26GHz (high millimeter frequency).

However, no matter the frequency or speed used for 5G technology – low, mid or high – the pulsed wireless radiation from ALL frequencies is biologically harmful to health and the environment.  The introduction of 5G technology will lead to the proliferation of more intense radiation and a denser network of antennae.

Please also note that 5th Generation (5G) technology is not the only roll-out of concern in Ireland:

The main telecoms companies –  Eir, Vodafone, Three, as well as ESB – are all increasing the installation of 3G and 4G masts and antennae across Ireland with the intention of covering as much of the country as possible.   Check planning permission regularly to see what is happening near you.  Look out for Cignal Infrastructure Limited as they are now a major installer of mobile and wireless infrastructure in Ireland.

Towns, villages and cities are installing free Wifi in towns, villages, public parks and tourist and public areas, with grants from the EU.

Many private Wireless Broadband companies are already providing wifi coverage in rural areas across the country., working off mobile phone masts.  These companies are also increasing their coverage.

Smart meters are to be installed in homes and businesses across the country.

LED street lights are being installed across the country.  As well as the white/blue light from these being harmful to health and wildlife, some will have smart technology installed in them.  Whether they use 5G frequencies or not isn’t known, but again, if 2G, 3G, 4G, wifi or 5G, the increase in harmful wireless radiation is extremely concerning.

Opposition to 5G

Regular protests and campaigns are being held in towns across Ireland against 5G, with some also objecting to the installation of new 3G and 4G masts and smart meters. Please join them – search Facebook for Stop 5G groups in Ireland.

June 2019 –  Councillor Clare Colloran Molloy, with support from other councillors, has raised concerns to Clare County Council about dangers of 5G  http://www.clarepeople.com/2019/06/21/concerns-raised-over-dangers-of-5g-ahead-of-roll-out/

July 2019 – Councillor Justin Warnock calls on Leitrim Council to halt the roll-out of 5G on health grounds  https://www.leitrimobserver.ie/news/kinlough/428896/call-for-leitrim-county-council-to-oppose-5g-rollout.html

July 2019 –  Cllr Kevin Murphy (FG) raised the motion at a meeting of West Cork local authority last week and said the issue of 5G might not be something that will affect people now, but will do so in the future. Fears over claims that 5G mobile technology may be linked to cancer.  https://www.southernstar.ie/news

July 2019 – Cllr Orla Leyden proposed a motion with Roscommon County Council to oppose 5G and this was passed.

In 2017 ComReg – Commission for Communications Regulation – awarded five mobile and internet service providers space on the country’s 3.6GHz spectrum, which has been identified as a primary band suitable for the introduction of 5G in Europe.

They are:  Vodafone  
3 (Three) Ireland Hutchison 
Eir    (formerly Meteor)
Airspan (Dense Air)


Further bands will be auctioned and introduced in time – 700 MHz and 26GHz.

May 2019 – National 5G Test Centre opens at Maynooth University https://www.irishtimes.com/business/technology/national-5g-test-centre-opens-at-maynooth-university-1.3907251

In November 2018, Vodafone deployed a new site in Dublin’s Docklands to test 5G hardware, software and services ahead of a wider roll-out of 5G mobile technology. In December, they announced plans to commence 5G wireless broadband trials at four rural locations around the country – Roscommon, Gorey, Clonmel and Dungarvan


21 Nov 2018 – 5G arrives in Ireland as Vodafone launches test site in Dublin https://www.irishtimes.com/business/technology/5g-arrives-in-ireland-as-vodafone-launches-test-site-in-dublin-1.3704608 

May 2019 – Dense Air – 

CASE STUDY: DENSE AIR – BUILDING 5G DENSE NEUTRAL HOST SMALL CELL NETWORKS – Dublin Cityhttp://denseair.net/case-study-dense-air-building-5g-hyper-dense-neutral-host-small-cell-networks/

March 2019 – Three Ireland confirms 5G network roll-out will begin in 2019  https://www.siliconrepublic.com/companies/three-ireland-5g-network-roll-out-2019

March 2019 – Enet to connect 100 Three Ireland mobile high sites to 1Tbps fibre – “Reading between the lines, the infrastructure upgrade will also ideally position Three to deploy 5G services in the year ahead.” https://www.siliconrepublic.com/comms/three-enet-1tbps-fibre-5g

In February 2019  Imagine announced the roll-out of their 5G Ready Fixed Broadband with a plan to build 325 sites  (masts) to cover 1.1m premises in 18 months. https://www.siliconrepublic.com/comms/imagine-5g-broadband-rural-ireland 

February 2019 – Eir – We are upgrading our mobile Network to become 5G ready! https://www.eir.ie/support/latest-updates/we-are-upgrading-our-mobile-network-to-become-5g-ready/

March 2019 – 5G operators won’t have to provide rural coverage  https://www.independent.ie/business/technology/5g-operators-wont-have-to-provide-rural-coverage-37951423.html

Vodafone Ireland is worried that new EU rules will ‘stunt’ the growth of 5G technology. The carrier has been lobbying the government over the framework that will govern connected car systems. https://fora.ie/vodafone-5g-ireland-rules-4291577-Oct2018/

May 2017 – Irish Operators pay €78m for 5G mobile spectrum https://www.independent.ie/business/technology/irish-operators-pay-78m-for-5g-mobile-spectrum-35741159.html

Feb 2018 – The Need for Speed – Is Ireland ready for 5G https://www.independent.ie/business/technology/news/the-need-for-speed-is-ireland-ready-for-5g-the-next-big-thing-in-cellular-technology-36629260.html

Feb 2018 – Minister Denis Naughten wants 5G mobile network in place by 2020 https://www.breakingnews.ie/ireland/minister-wants-5g-mobile-network-in-place-by-2020s-829063.html

Feb 2018 – Vodafone Ireland promises 5G rollout within 24 months https://www.irishtimes.com/business/technology/vodafone-ireland-promises-5g-rollout-within-24-months-1.3383332

Feb 2018 – https://www.independent.ie/business/technology/irelands-first-live-5g-demo-hosted-by-vodafone-at-dublins-trinity-college-36578767.html

Dec 2017 – Minister Denis Naughten TD endorses 5G Roadmap for Europe https://www.dccae.gov.ie/en-ie/news-and-media/press-releases/Pages/Minister-Denis-Naughten-TD-endorses-5G-Roadmap-for-Europe.aspx

July 2017 – Press Release –  Dept Communications, Climate Action & Environment -Minister Kyne signs 5G Declaration for Europe https://www.dccae.gov.ie/en-ie/news-and-media/press-releases/Pages/Minister-Kyne-signs-5G-Declaration-for-Europe.aspx