Irish full service telco eir plans to spend EUR50 million (USD55.4 million) over the next nine months on upgrading its mobile network and increasing coverage, according to the Irish Independent. The money, which will add to the reported EUR300 million the operator has invested in its network since 2012, will be used to deploy 100 new cell sites across the country, while eir’s site-sharing agreement with Three will remain in place. Director of mobile networks at eir, Fergal McCann, is cited as saying: ‘[The investment] will boost our 4G population coverage from 81% today to 95% in early 2017 … We will have over 2,000 active sites.’ Furthermore, commenting on future network developments, the director noted: ‘5G is going to demand a lot more investment, but equally there is a demand there for continuous high speed services … I expect to see the first 5G trials in the next two to three years. Ireland will be positioned quite well.’
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