National 5G Test Centre opened in Ireland

30 May 2019

A new €1.5m 5G Test Centre will offer companies across Ireland a facility to test radio and wireless technologies needed for the next generation of the internet.
Georgina Hines

RadioSpace, which is based at Maynooth University in County Kildare, Ireland, is the country’s first large-scale facility to test the technologies involved in making 5G a reality.

SMEs, start-ups and large companies will all be invited to test in the interference-free centre, which consists of an anechoic chamber that isolates radio signals – none can enter or leave – so that sensitive measurements can be made.

The facility is part of CONNECT – the ‘world-leading’ Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Future Networks and Communications that is co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Anechoic chamber 

Professor Ronan Farrell and Méabh Loughman, PhD student of 5G Technologies at Maynooth University, inside the anechoic chamber of the new National 5G Test Centre. Image: Maxwell Photography.

‘This facility will provide industry in Ireland and across Europe, as well as academics, a rare and valuable capability to develop new technologies, and also to explore exciting questions in radio physics and engineering,’ said Professor Ronan Farrell, Director of RadioSpace.

‘We look forward to RadioSpace being a catalyst for increased collaboration between academia and industry, nationally and internationally.’

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