Vodafone 5G network now available in most of Budapest
Vodafone is the first among domestic service providers to enable 5G connection to its customers in the majority of the residential areas of Budapest: 5G has been connected to more than 200 base stations in Budapest and in the surrounding metropolitan area, according to a press release sent to the Budapest Business Journal.
Vodafone also announced that by the end of the first quarter 5G will be turned on nationwide at nearly 300 base stations, making the next generation mobile network available in other major cities and towns.
The introduction of 5G in Hungary is associated with Vodafone: in May 2019, for the first time in Zalaegerszeg on the occasion of the grand opening of Zala Zone Automotive Test Track has a permanent base station been launched on the test track and then another one on top of Vodafone Hungary headquarters on its own frequency. The next milestone in Vodafone’s 5G developments came in the fall of 2019, when the service provider launched the country’s first open-air commercial 5G network - thus making the benefits of 5G widely available.
Developments did not come to a halt despite the pandemic. The service provider launched its 5G service in several rural cities, such as Siófok, Székesfehérvár and Miskolc. Rural development will continue in the following months, as Vodafone is scheduled to turn on 5G nationwide at nearly 300 base stations by the end of the first quarter, making the next-generation mobile network available in other major cities and smaller towns.
Vodafone Hungary also took 5G to the field of education last year: the service provider signed a cooperation agreement with the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME), which provides 40 MHz of its own frequency set for the establishment and operation of a pilot 5G network and 5G Laboratory at the University.
"With regard to 5G developments, Hungary stands out not only in Europe but in the whole world. I am proud to say that Vodafone Hungary is also at the forefront of the development of the new generation network among domestic service providers, as is exemplified by our current announcement. The development of our networks is of utmost importance, as they make it possible to do telework and distance learning, to run businesses – whether they are the largest manufacturing companies or small and medium-sized enterprises. As for the future, Hungary needs the best networks available for the rapid restoration of the economy and to ensure a successful business and social environment – this is what our 5G developments are for." - said Amanda Nelson, CEO of Vodafone Hungary.
"We are committed to taking part in the digitization developments in Hungary, but it is also very important for us to do this in a sustainable way: we must build and develop our networks in such a way that our planet is protected and not burdened by them," said Anita Orbán, external affairs director at Vodafone Hungary.
She added, "I believe that the primary benefits of 5G – its amazing speed, capacity and minimum latency – are already known to many, but the impact of the new generation network on our environment has been heard by far fewer people. According to international standards, the operation of 5G requires much less energy, in comparison to that of the 4G network for instance. In other words, less energy is used while more data is being transmitted. This means that running the 5G network is not only less harmful to our environment, in fact it is the opposite, more environmentally friendly than previous generation mobile networks."
The direct environmental impact of 5G is well illustrated by the fact that while 1GB of data traffic on the 3G network results in 110 Wh of energy consumption, it is 30 Wh on the 4G network and only 8 Wh on the 5G network (3.5GHz).
In addition to direct environmental impacts, 5G will also have a number of indirect positive environmental effects, it will enable the widespread use of technologies such as: IoT solutions, machine learning, artificial intelligence - which will lay the groundwork for intelligent ecosystems for sustainability in the future, the press release notes.
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