As a smart city testbed, Smart Docklands has a number of ongoing projects related to 5G and future connectivity technologies. Working with Dublin City Council, CONNECT Research Centre, as well as other academic and industry partners, we recognise the importance of future-proof connectivity for Dublin and its citizens.

These projects encompass the opportunities and challenges associated with paving the way for world-class connectivity in the city, from examining small cell deployment hurdles to evaluating use cases and applications that could provide meaningful quality of life benefits to citizens. 

The neutral host small cell testbed deployed by Dense Air in the Docklands is a key manifestation of our work on future connectivity technologies. Other related work in this space can be found below.


5G and Future Connectivity: Main Report and Executive Summary.


This discussion document was designed to bring together industry and academic experts, and local authority representatives, as well as other public asset-owners to consider the implications of 5G and future connectivity deployments in Irish cities and towns. 

The key output of the document is a suite of recommendations to support the rollout of 5G across Ireland through better alignment at both local and national levels. In addition, the document outlines a five-year roadmap for Ireland.

It is intended to stimulate debate and discussion from all stakeholders to ensure that Ireland realises its connectivity potential and remains a highly competitive economy.

This discussion document is funded and supported through the Digital Innovation Programme which is administered by the Department of Rural and Community Development. The project was led by the Smart City team based in Dublin City Council in collaboration with leading telecoms experts.

The Department of Rural and Community Development, CONNECT – the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Future Networks and Communications, Sligo County Council, as well as the National Broadband Officer Network, also played a key role in providing input, comments and feedback.

The executive summary can be downloaded here

The main report can be downloaded here.


5G CityView Innovation Accelerator: Harvard TECH at Dublin.


In 2019, Dublin City Council hosted the first-ever 5G CityView Innovation Accelerator. The two-day accelerator was convened by the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard, welcoming attendees from more than twenty cities across the globe, including Amsterdam, London and San Jose.

The accelerator heard from global experts on 5G, composed of leading academics, industry veterans and cities who have or will be rolling out 5G pilots and platforms. The goal was to examine the challenges and opportunities presented by 5G from the perspective of local authorities. 

This whitepaper is a summary of the key learnings that occurred during the accelerator, including why 5G matters for cities and their citizens.

The whitepaper is available to view here.