Holidaymakers, business travellers and businesses at five of the UK’s largest airports are starting to enjoy faster and more reliable mobile data, thanks to the arrival of Vodafone 5G.
Installed by Exchange Communications, the technology is now live across George Best Airport in Belfast and Newcastle International Airport. Meanwhile, dedicated 5G systems are also being installed in Birmingham, Edinburgh and Glasgow airports.
With its much higher speeds, 5G is perfect for travellers wanting to download the latest movies and box sets. Its lower latency, meaning the time it takes it connect, makes accessing work documents and remote servers while waiting for a flight much quicker. Meanwhile, 5G’s ability to offer far greater capacity means that many more people can enjoy a reliable signal, no matter how busy and crowded the terminals get.
5G can also help business across the airport in a range of areas, such as real-time inventories and smart carts where customers no longer need to scan their purchases at checkout. And the technology also has the potential to support a range of the latest airport services including contactless check-in and digital passport controls.
Andrea Dona, UK Network and Development Directorat Vodafone, said: “Millions of passengers use these airports every year, so we’re delighted to be able to give them fast data speeds, however busy it gets. Meanwhile, each of these airports has an important role to play in their region and their local economy. So it’s great to be able to supply the connectivity they need to continue to grow and succeed.”
Tom Sime, CEO at Exchange Communications, said: “The airports are a pivotal part of the economy supporting an ecosystem of companies employing thousands of people. The deployment of 5G will both futureproof the airports connectivity and enable new services which will support the airport, its customers, and those businesses.
“The airports will be the UK’s most connected companies.”