How Irish companies are leading the global 5G innovation race

5G is the latest generation of wireless cellular networks designed to improve the quality of connectivity and expand the range of applications and devices available to us.

The evolution of 5G has enabled more of us to stay connected with faster speeds and less time to build networks. But 5G is not only revolutionizing the way we use the internet, it is also playing an important role in our daily lives.

Take education as an example, where a superior network enables more immersive classroom experiences to suit all students.

Or in managing our cities, where 5G increases efficiency by optimizing traffic light control and public transport systems in real time.

Several Irish companies supported by Enterprise Ireland such as Taoglas, Benetel, Druid Software and Alpha Wireless play a key role in driving the global spread of 5G and its deployment.

It starts with the antennas that anchor the 5G network and are responsible for sending and receiving high-frequency signals that enable fast and reliable coverage.

In telemedicine, 5G antennas ensure secure, instantaneous transmission of data-intensive tasks such as processing X-rays and MRIs.

This can greatly benefit patients, especially in rural areas where access to specialized medical care may be limited.

However, with 5G, the antenna infrastructure required for a resilient network means higher device density to ensure coverage.

Alpha Wireless addresses this challenge by reinventing antenna design to eliminate both functional and aesthetic flaws. This Irish company manufactures bespoke antennas that can be concealed in roadworks such as lighting poles and recycling bins to enhance the aesthetics and community benefits of 5G installations.

The 5G network core is another important component. It is the backbone that supports new 5G technologies and applications, routes data and keeps the connection behind the scenes.

The 5G core transmits large amounts of data in real-time, meaning a seamless service capable of supporting augmented and virtual reality consumer applications.

For example, music fans could soon be able to enjoy an immersive virtual experience of their favorite artist without having to leave home.

Druid Software’s Raemis platform acts as the central control and management element in 5G enterprise networks.

Think of it as a team’s coaching staff, managing the players who execute the game plan. Druid Software works with large multinational companies like Intel and VMware to deliver it and it is recognized as one of the most adaptable and interoperable core platforms.

Also topical in 5G was the proposed use of O-RAN (Open Radio Access Networks). It is a modern wireless communication network based on open interfaces and standards and the integration of components such as B. radios, different manufacturers allows.

In contrast, the traditional network is often closed and the victim of coerced hardware and software manufacturers.

With O-RAN, operators can gain more flexibility in the components they use to build and maintain their networks, reducing costs and improving performance. This should ultimately mean a more reliable experience for the end user.

Irish company Benetel manufactures market-leading 5G radios using O-RAN technology. Applications range from providing wireless broadband connections in rural areas to controlling traffic flow in smart cities. Benetel works with leading partners such as the O-RAN Alliance and the OpenAirInterface Software Alliance (OSA).

5G is also catalyzing the development of Internet of Things (IoT) devices that collect and share data over the internet. The high speed, low latency, and high-capacity connectivity that 5G offers enables real-time communications, better decision making, and increased reliability, improving connectivity issues and performance in the IoT.

In agriculture, for example, farmers use sensors and IoT devices to collect data on soil moisture and crop health to optimize irrigation and fertilization.

Taoglas engineering team is at the forefront of antenna and IoT component design supporting 5G cellular. They innovate in smart meter surveillance, pioneer European Space Agency projects and modernize public safety fleets for the Garda.

Ireland is the world’s leading pioneer of 5G technology. To find out more about how they can help you or your business stay connected, please contact a member of the Enterprise Ireland team for more information.

Dáire Boylan is a Telco & IoT Client Partner Manager based in San Francisco

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