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Vodafone brings 5G to Gatwick Airport

Ian White
September 12, 2019

South Terminal is live now, North Terminal to follow next year

Gatwick’s South Terminal now has Vodafone 5G coverage, via a high-speed fibre network. The North Terminal will et 5G early next year.

The high-capacity fibre optic network will carry 5G throughout the terminal covering departure lounges and arrivals, shops and restaurants. And with Vodafone’s Unlimited Max data plan, customers won’t have to worry about running out of data.

Gatwick Airport, has a workforce of 24,000 and handles more than 46 million passengers a year. Gatwick is already trialling 5G applications such as robotic parking and further automation of a number of check-in and boarding procedures. The airport has a five-year investment plan to create the UK’s leading ‘smart airport’.

Gatwick Airport chief information officer John Barton said: “5G also has the potential to unlock a wide range of new capabilities and to reliably connect everything around us to a network many times faster than those it replaces. Many of the 250 companies based on the Gatwick campus can also benefit from this super-fast 5G service, including those that rely heavily on mobile applications for their day to day business.”

Vodafone UK chief technology officer Scott Petty added: “We are delighted to support Gatwick Airport’s ambition to become one of the world’s leading smart airports with our investment in 5G. The installation of hundreds of kilometres of fibre at the airport will enable us to offer great coverage to the millions of people who use Gatwick Airport each year, as well as to connect its systems and vehicles on site. For example, by connecting mobility carts, airport staff will know where they are at all times, meaning they are better able to help passengers who need support.”

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