5G

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Vodafone Malta demonstrated the country's first live holographic call using 5G, giving a glimpse of what the future in Malta could look like.

We are the first operator in Malta to be live with a 5G demo and to be offering 1 Gigabit speeds on our network which brings you one step closer to 5G.

What is 5G?

5G is the next generation of mobile technology, built upon the foundation of 4G.

A 5G future will bring us better living through 5G-enabled healthcare innovations, smart buildings and cities and safer spaces.

5G is going to be a game changer, opening up a new world of seamless opportunities.

What are the benefits of 5G?

What are
the benefits
of 5G?

5G will provide three main features, essentially:

  1. Ultra-high speeds
    5G supports up to 10x faster speeds for mobile broadband. This enables 4K (the standard used for commercial digital cinema) media streaming, video analytics, holograms and very high definition video download and upload.
  2. The ability to connect a huge amount of devices
    This enables the massive adoption of the Internet of Things, with more than 500 times the number of devices connected on 4G today. It will connect millions of critical appliances that other mobile services cannot reach, such as gas or water leak detectors embedded underground, alarms situated deep within buildings or even livestock and electricity lines.
  3. Very low latency (delay)
    This enables a range of life-changing applications, from a surgeon remotely joining a theatre to advise on a patient’s condition, to a technician with a virtual reality headset advising on the fix of critical infrastructure.

When are you rolling out 5G in Malta?

When are you
rolling out 5G
in Malta?

Commercial 5G launch will need solid local use cases and the MCA has set up a 5G Think Tank involving experts from both the private and the public sectors, to explore the benefits and potential uses of 5G connectivity in Malta. We're still at the beginning of this process and there are many things to be done before commercial service can be launched, so there is no clear launch date yet. However, to bring you one step closer to 5G we have started to implement 1Gbps mobile speeds in some hotspots on our network to give an opportunity to our customers to experience what 5G speeds can look like in the future.

Can I try 1 Gigabit speeds?

Can I try
1 Gigabit
speeds?

As of 4th October 2019, in selected areas in Birkirkara, St Julians and Sliema on our network, using the right device and with a compatible plan you can experience 1Gbps speeds on your mobile.

These Vodafone plans support 1Gbps speeds:

Consumer Pay Monthly Plans: RED Unlimited Giga, RED Data, RED Voice and other legacy pay monthly plans.

Top-Up Plans: Genius with HD Experience boosters, MIX, YU Plans and all our other top-up plans.

All Business mobile plans.

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    Is it true that mobile operators will need to install masts every 20 metres for 5G?

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    This is a myth. Wherever possible we always look to upgrade or replace the antennas at existing sites – by far the most efficient use of our infrastructure.

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    Is 5G safe?

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    5G is designed to comply fully with existing international EMF exposure guidelines, providing protection for everyone, including children, against all established health hazards.

    These guidelines are regularly reviewed and issued by independent public health authorities and expert groups including the International Commission for Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) and the World Health Organisation (WHO), and reflect decades of research.

    In July 2018, the ICNIRP reviewed the science published since its last exposure guidelines were produced, concluding that 5G spectrum does not require additional protection measures.

    The World Health Organisation's position is clear: “A large number of studies have been performed over the last two decades to assess whether mobile phones pose a potential health risk. To date, no adverse health effects have been established as being caused by mobile phone use.”

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    But can’t radiation harm me?

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    The word 'radiation' is closely associated with illness and cancer, but in fact radiation is emitted by most things, including humans and light. Some radiation is harmful, but most of it is not.

    To operate, 5G makes use of a range of high frequencies which produce shorter waves, including millimetre waves (mmWaves). These fall into the spectrum of non-ionising radiation.

    This non-ionising radiation at its worst only causes cells to vibrate, which can be experienced as heat; it doesn’t change the structure of a cell or cause lasting damage. Compliance with the ICNIRP guidelines ensures that there is no adverse impact on the health of those using mobile phones or living in communities where base stations, or masts, are located.

    Ionising radiation from gamma rays, x-rays and ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause lasting damage to cells. That is why x-ray technicians who are repeatedly exposed to ionising radiation wear protective clothing, and why people wear sunscreen to protect themselves from UV rays. This is different to non-ionising radiation.