Mobile network operator Hutchison 3G Ireland (3 Ireland) has awarded a EUR38 million (USD56 million) contract to BT Ireland to increase bandwidth across the country and facilitate maximum speeds of 100Mbps. Under the plan BT will roll out its fibre-optic network to 200 mobile cell sites, as well as supporting a further 1,000 sites on the current 3 network. The upgrade will also integrate BT’s ‘Total Transmission Solution’ system which is future-proofed and ready to support Long Term Evolution (LTE) 4G services. The deployment into 3 Ireland’s radio access network (RAN) will take place over 18 months and cover a number of areas including Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Galway.
The chief executive officer of 3 Ireland, Robert Finnegan, said: ‘As Ireland’s largest high speed mobile network, 3 has invested over EUR800 million in infrastructure in Ireland to deliver much-needed voice, text and broadband services. The smartphone economy is driving huge demand for data services and analysts expect over 340 million smartphones to be sold this year worldwide.’ He went on to say that the latest investment will hopefully strengthen the firm’s position in the mobile data market.