MBNL to spend GBP25 million boosting 3G coverage in Northern Ireland

15 Feb 2012

Everything Everywhere, the joint venture between British mobile network operators T-Mobile UK and Orange UK, and Hutchison 3G UK are to carry out a GBP25 million (USD39.3 million) expansion project in Northern Ireland via network sharing venture Mobile Broadband Network Ltd (MBNL), the Associated Press reports. Under the initiative MBNL is expected to enhance its 3G coverage in the region so that it reaches 94% of the Northern Irish population by the end of 2012, up significantly from the approximate 54% of people currently has within its third-generation footprint. Northern Ireland’s minister for enterprise, trade and investment, Arlene Foster, welcomed the development, saying: ‘This is excellent news for Northern Ireland … My department has for a number of years recognised the importance of state-of-the-art telecommunications networks to the development of the economy.’

Mrs Foster also noted that the Stormont Executive remained committed to further improving mobile connectivity in the country, adding: ‘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.’

United Kingdom, EE, Hutchison 3G UK (Three UK)