Vodafone installs first 5G relay node in Hungary

Vodafone has installed its first 5G relay node in Budapest, the second relay node in Hungary.

The IT company demonstrated how the 5G station works with a video call between two 5G handsets and a car, driven remotely via a 5G connection.

“New-generation mobile and fixed networks open up opportunities that can revolutionize the entire economy,” said Amanda Nelson, chairwoman and CEO of Vodafone Hungary. “We are optimistic about the technologies advancing digital society and innovation, and we aim to ensure that the benefits offered by us are shared by the whole country.”

“Vodafone Hungary was able to deploy its second permanent 5G station because, of the currently active mobile operators, we were the only one to proactively purchase a 5G frequency in the 3.5 GHz spectrum at the 2016 auction organised by the National Media and Infocommunications Authority,” explained Gergő J. Budai, director of external affairs and deputy chairman of the board of Vodafone Hungary.

5G mobile networks will be of significance in future primarily for industrial applications, including those where promptness is of mission-critical importance, such as autonomous driving.