Applications now open for new 5G/IoT accelerator programme

  • Ireland's first dedicated 5G/IoT accelerator programme has just opened for applications in partnership with Vodafone, Ericsson, and NovaUCD. The deadline for applications is April 26th 2019.

    When a new technology begins to roll out across the world, it's always followed by a wave of innovation and new start-ups ready to take advantage of the changing market it creates. With 5G mobile internet starting to roll out this year and the Internet of Things / Industry 4.0 continuing to revolutionise industries globally, now seems like the perfect time for new businesses to capitalise on it.

    That's exactly the plan for a new 5G/IoT Accelerator Programme being launched in a collaboration between Vodafone, Ericsson, and NovaUCD. This will be Ireland's first dedicated 5G/IoT accelerator and is designed to help entrepreneurs develop and launch 5G/IoT network-enabled products and services.

    5G is expected to revolutionise the IoT and Industry 4.0 sectors by reducing network delays on small integrated devices from the current figure of up to 60ms roundtrip delay to as little as 1ms delay. It will also provide up to ten times the bandwidth currently available using 4G, enabling IoT sensors to transmit extremely high-resolution data streams for up-to-the-millisecond accuracy. 

    Applications for 5G include unprecidented remote control of drone systems for agriculture and surveying, rapid transmission for sharper gaming and communication experiences, and high-resolution sensors for smart city systems. The accelerator will offer 12 teams of entrepreneurs an intensive 10-week engagement to validate the commercial potential and technical feasibility of their network product and service ideas.

    Groups wishing to apply for the accelerator can apply now at The deadline for applications is 12 noon on April 26th, and successful applicants will be shortlisted to pitch their ideas to a panel of experts on May 14th in Dublin. A final selection of 12 teams will be invited to join the accelerator.

    Source: Written based on press release

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