Ireland’s National 5G Test Centre Opens at Maynooth University

The National University of Ireland in Maynooth, commonly known as Maynooth University, has opened Ireland’s first National 5G Test Centre. The state-of-the-art facility called RadioSpace, represents an investment of €1.5 million, is the country’s first large-scale facility for the research and testing of radio and wireless technologies needed for 5G and the future Internet of Things.

RadioSpace will be open to industry, SMEs and start-ups, and will provide a unique, large scale, interference-free facility for scientists and engineers from industry and universities, in Ireland and internationally.  It will be one of the first of its kind in Europe. The facility consists of a specially constructed anechoic chamber that provides perfect isolation for radio signals. This, with the advanced test equipment and specialist engineers, allows for very sensitive measurements to be made, essential for the development of modern wireless devices.

The 5G Test Center connects industry and academic researchers with the aim of addressing the full range of challenges in developing new technologies and products for the next generation of wireless devices. It is designed to provide a full range of services to developers of 4G mobile networks, IoT enabled products and future 5G and mmWave devices. The €1.5 million facility, which has received €638,000 funding from Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), is part of CONNECT - the world-leading SFI Research Centre for Future Networks and Communications.

The test center service is available to SMEs, and access can be facilitated via the Enterprise Ireland Innovation Voucher scheme. This ensures that both SMEs and larger organizations can avail of the technology and expertise of researchers in Maynooth University.

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