Three Ireland has begun offering 5G connectivity on a commercial basis, having partnered with Swedish vendor for its network rollout. In a press release regarding the switch-on, Ericsson noted that Three Ireland has initially rolled out 5G on a total of 315 sites across Ireland, offering 35% population coverage. Looking ahead, the mobile network operator (MNO) is expected to add a further 500 5G-capable sites in 2021. The MNO’s new 5G network is reported to be powered by Ericsson’s fully virtualised 5G Core and the latest products and solutions from the vendor’s Radio System portfolio.
Commenting on the launch, Three Ireland CEO Robert Finnegan said: ‘As Ireland’s largest mobile data network, carrying 68% of all mobile data, I am delighted that Three is now launching Ireland’s largest 5G network, which will be available to Three customers in every county from today. We started our 5G rollout with Ericsson last year, building our network to bring customers in both rural and urban areas the best possible experience of 5G from the very beginning, which includes providing superfast broadband to remote areas in Ireland. 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.’