Three launches largest 5G network in Ireland

Three Ireland have launched Ireland’s largest 5G network, bringing comprehensive 5G coverage and network capacity to every county for the first time.

Three Ireland’s 5G customers in rural and urban areas will benefit from the delivery of vital connectivity across the country.

Three’s partnership with Ericsson has helped the operator to launch 5G on 315 sites across Ireland, offering 35 percent population coverage with a further 500 sites set to be deployed in 2021.

Powered by Ericsson’s fully virtualized 5G Core and the latest products and solutions from the Ericsson Radio System portfolio, Three Ireland’s new 5G network brings enhanced network coverage and capacity to customers across Ireland and supports Three’s ongoing commitment to increase nationwide connectivity. It also provides a platform for innovation, with the flexibility needed to empower new services across the country and build new use cases for people, businesses and society at large.

Robert Finnegan, CEO, Three Ireland and Three UK said, “With our nationwide 5G footprint now in place and a variety of 5G enabled devices on the market, we believe now is the right time to launch. Connectivity is vital to our everyday lives, so we wanted to be the first in the country to offer Prepay customers as well as Bill pay customers a 5G experience. 5G is transforming how we connect, work, are entertained and how we live our lives.”

Arun Bansal, President of Europe and Latin America, Ericsson said, “Three has made significant developments since we became the technology partner for 4G and 5G last year. With us, they now have a best-in-class 4G network and will be ahead in 5G too, thanks to Ericsson’s leading 5G RAN and state-of-the-art virtualized Core Network. As our partnership strengthens, expansive 5G across Ireland will boost economic development and mean many fantastic new opportunities.”

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