• February 14th, 2012
  • Carly Page

Mobile-Phone-MastNorthern Ireland‘s mobile phone network is set for a £25 million upgrade, courtesy of Everything Everywhere and Three.

The two operators, along with Mobile Broadband Network Limited, have announced that they will be funding the initiative. They’ve also claimed that the network upgrade, which will boost both 2G and 3G speeds, will equip Northern Ireland will have 94 percent 3G coverage by the end of 2012, up from the country’s limited 54 percent coverage at present.

Both Everything Everywhere and Three met with NI enterprise minister Arlene Foster yesterday (February 13 ) to announce the deal. Foster said: “This is excellent news for Northern Ireland. My department has for a number of years recognised the importance of state-of-the-art telecommunications networks to the development of the economy.”

News of an investment of this size in the growing mobile sector comes at an important time. My department has consulted extensively on telecoms investment priorities for 2011-2015 and has received endorsement for proposals to examine ways to deliver improvements in high-speed mobile delivery.”

“We are in detailed discussions with the UK Government to source sizeable funding to deliver a 4G platform to allow us to benefit from the next evolution of mobile services.”

[Source: Mobile Today]