5G technology 

What is 5G? 

5G is the 5th generation of wireless telecommunication technology, following 2G, 3G and 4G. The 5G technology aims to provide faster connections, higher capacity and fast response times which, as well as improving mobile services, will be used for new applications such as e-health, smart energy networks and smart farming. 

Does the EPA have a role in the deployment of 5G? 

The EPA has no role in the deployment of 5G. Our role is to provide advice and information on public exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF), including the EMF radio frequencies that are envisaged for 5G. 

Since 2016, Ireland and other European countries are encouraged by the European Commission’s 5G Action Plan to roll out 5G networks. The EC’s 5G Action Plan sets out a proposed timetable for the deployment of 5G by member States, including coverage in at least one city by 2020 and in all urban areas by 2025.  

The information on the links below aims to address some of the typical questions we receive regarding 5G: