Three has spent £12 million to improve its network infrastructure in Northern Ireland.
The investment has more than doubled the size of the operator’s network with 95% of the population now covered. The work which began last November has increased the number of mobile sites to 400, while 3G has been rolled out to improve mobile internet speeds.
Three has also announced it will remedy cross-border roaming by allowing the use of domestic minutes in the Republic of Ireland and six other nations.
Dave Dyson, Three’s chief executive, said: ‘Mobile users in Northern Ireland have not always benefited from the kind of investment seen elsewhere in the UK. We wanted to address that so we’ve massively increased our coverage and performance to ensure all our customers in Northern Ireland – from Ballycastle to Newry - can enjoy a great mobile internet experience.
‘Cross-border roaming has been a real concern for mobile users in Northern Ireland. Feel at Home will give them peace of mind and remove a major barrier to enjoying the mobile internet.’
Enterprise minister Arlene Foster added: ‘Three’s upgrade plans were announced in February of last year and I am pleased to see that they have now come to fruition. I acknowledge the significant investment that Three has made in delivering this upgrade programme and I hope that the company will continue to see Northern Ireland as an investment opportunity as new technologies and services emerge. I also welcome the fact that Three has introduced a solution to the problem of inadvertent roaming, which affects many people in Northern Ireland.’
Author: Matthew Campelli