Hutchison 3G Ireland (3 Ireland) has selected South Korea’s Samsung Electronics as it sole provider of Long Term Evolution (LTE) Radio Access Network (RAN) and LTE core infrastructure equipment. Under the terms of the deal between the two companies, Samsung will deploy LTE base stations, including all associated systems and network support services, across 3 Ireland’s network nationwide, and a commercial launch of 4G services is expected to take place in the capital Dublin in August 2013. Robert Finnegan, CEO of 3 Ireland, said of the development: ‘Today’s announcement marks a further milestone in our 4G rollout strategy and further demonstrates our commitment to maintaining our number one leadership position in providing mobile broadband and data services to Irish consumers. [Samsung’s] advanced network solutions will allow us deliver a market-leading 4G experience offering faster speeds of up to 100Mbps for our customers using mobile broadband on smartphones, tablets and laptops.’
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