11/20/2013 10:41:21 AM
Three bringing millions of free megabytes to Northern Ireland
Three is bringing up to 7.3 million megabytes to rural communities in Northern Ireland, as part of a new scheme with local government.
The operator will work with Supporting Communities Northern Ireland to identify rural communities that would benefit from a year's free connectivity. It will also set up communal mobile broadband access in a number of areas, with participants receiving a mi-fi unit that can connect up to 10 devices. The first organisation to get connected is Restore, a youth services community group in Limavady, County Derry.
Dave Dyson, CEO of Three, said: 'Rural communities are often unable to access high-speed broadband, which can impact on people’s quality of life and business productivity. I hope the project will help address this issue for those taking part. This scheme underlines Three’s commitment to Northern Ireland and follows recent network investment and the Feel At Home price plan that addresses the issue of cross-border roaming.'
The project marks the first time Three's rural broadband working group has operated in Northern Ireland. Three recently spent £12m in upgrading its network across the country.
Author: Graeme Neill