Three launches 4G network
Three is to become the third mobile operator in Ireland to turn on its 4G LTE (long-term evolution) network. From 27 January Customers in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford will be served in the first stage of the roll-out, with the rest of the country to follow.
The telco has promised the service will deliver data speeds up to 10 times that of 3G but has not specified either an upper or lower estimate of what that may be.
Establishing a 4G connection requires a compatible handset and a software patch, which will be made available on launch day. Mobile broadband customers will need to replace their existing dongles, which 3 will do at no charge. Customers will not need a new SIM card.
As an opening offer, 4G will be free until 31 July, after which it will cost bill pay customers an additional €4.99 per month. Cost for pre-pay customers has yet to be confirmed.