Mobile network operator O2 is now offering a 4G service to customers in Belfast and Lisburn in Northern Ireland. The roll-out forms part of a £15m investment to upgrade services across Northern Ireland. The work also included modernisation of O2’s existing 2G and 3G networks.
O2 announced it will invest a further £5m in extending the rollout of 4G to other areas in Northern Ireland by the end of this year. The operator has moved customers using a 4G device to its 4G service. The company said the new service offers faster data speeds and a seamless mobile experience to customers.
Derek McManus, chief operating officer at Telefónica UK, said O2’s Northern Ireland customers can now experience all the benefits of 4G, including local businesses, making full use of the mobile products and services to allow them to grow and increase productivity.
‘As we continue to roll out 4G across Northern Ireland, we are also upgrading our 2G and 3G networks, so every O2 customer will have an even better experience.’
Arlene Foster MLA, Department of Enterprise, Trade & Investment, said: ‘The arrival of O2 4G marks another significant step forward for Belfast and Lisburn as the network promises to deliver many positive benefits to both businesses and smartphone users, and it’s even more encouraging to see that O2 has been able to utilise the skills and expertise from our local businesses to help build this new superfast network across the area.’
O2 launched its 4G service in August of last year. It now covers 204 towns and cities reaching over a third of the UK population. O2 said it is aiming to reach 98% of the UK population by 2017.