The new 5G network is now available in seven areas across Laois.
According to eir, 5G now reaches more than 57% of the Irish population and is now available in Portlaoise, Abbeyleix, Pike of Rushall, Ballybrittas, Arles, Mountrath, Emo and Rathdowney.
The new mobile network is now available to more than 57% of the population of Ireland.
Like its predecessors, 5G networks are cellular networks, in which the service area is divided into small geographical areas called cells.
All 5G wireless devices in a cell are connected to the Internet and telephone network by radio waves through a local antenna in the cell.
The main advantage of the new networks is that they will have greater bandwidth, giving higher download speeds, eventually up to 10 gigabits per second.
Due to the increased bandwidth, it is expected the networks will not exclusively serve cellphones like existing cellular networks, but also be used as general internet service providers for laptops and desktop computers, competing with existing ISPs such as cable internet, and also will make possible new applications in internet of things (IoT) and machine to machine areas.
eir CEO Carolan Lennon said: “As we continue to live with the Covid-19 pandemic, eir is acutely aware of the importance of connectivity for customers, for business owners and for the continuation of many aspects of our lives.
“Our dedicated teams are building a comprehensive 5G network for all customers and I am proud to see the rollout of eir’s 5G network continue at-pace, despite public health restrictions.
“The transformation of our mobile network ensures that eir offers the best coverage and connectivity to our customers in every corner of Ireland, enabling our customers to live, work and connect reliably and at speed, wherever they choose in the country.”