5G in Ireland


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. Further bands will be auctioned and introduced in time.

They are:  Vodafone,  3 (Three) Ireland,  Eir    (formerly Meteor), Imagine,  Airspan

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 

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

Campaign groups in Ireland opposing 5G HERE