It seems that Everything Everywhere along with
Three (3) are very keen on making mobile broadband
connectivity in Northern Ireland better, and decided to invest £25m
to double today's 3G coverage of 54 per cent to 94
By doing so, the region's 2G services are very
likely to get enhanced as well.
The boost will involve the firms' network sharing operator's,
Mobile Broadband Network Limited (MBNL), assistance as well.
Northern Ireland's Enterprise Minister, Arlene
Foster, recently said in a statement:
"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."
According to recent stats, 73 per cent of homes and just 13 per
cent of outdoor locations could receive services from all five
major UK mobile operators (Orange, T-Mobile, Vodafone, O2
and Three). The more rural the location, the less variety
households had to choose from.
SimplifyDigital hopes that this venture will be fruitful and that
more locations in Northern Ireland will be able to get and
hopefully stay connected.