Three Ireland, the country’s second largest mobile operator by subscribers, has unveiled plans to roll out 225Mbps ‘4G Plus’ services to 56% of the country by the end of April 2016. Going forward, following the completion of the cellco’s EUR300 million (USD337 million) investment programme, the advanced network is expected to cover all 26 counties that make up the Republic by the end of 2017. This will lead to 145% increase in 4G sites across the country, the operator said. The upgrade plans coincide with Three’s assessment that data traffic increased 77% in 2015, rising a further 19% in 2016 to date.
NewsTalk quotes Elaine Carey, chief commercial officer at Three, as saying: ‘We are now responding further to customers’ data appetite by offering free 4G for life on all plans so they can do even more with their smartphone … 4G Plus will be available to all customers with compatible handsets no matter what plan they are on’.