Vodafone Ireland CEO Anne O’Leary has announced that Kilkenny will be the first city to receive ultra-high speed 4G mobile services, with a launch expected there in the autumn of this year. Ms O’Leary went on to say that following the switch on, the company will look to extend coverage of its fourth-generation Long Term Evolution (LTE) network to other areas, including Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford.
The CEO confirmed the carrier’s 4G commercial launch plans and said that the company has invested EUR1 billion (USD1.32 billion) in its network in recent years, noting that Vodafone intends to spend a further EUR500 million to upgrade rural 2G networks to 3G and to launch 4G country-wide. In her words, the aim is to ensure that mobile data capability is made available in all areas where the firm currently has mobile voice coverage. Ms O’Leary went on to say that as part of this upgrade, the firm will switch on its enhanced 3G network in the city of Waterford later this month. Separately, Vodafone is also testing 4G in a number of locations in Dublin, although it declined to say when the new service will go live commercially.
The company has also announced the launch of a new Enterprise Customer Solutions division in Dublin, via a EUR25 million investment over the last two years to expand the group’s fixed telephony services. The new division will be responsible for designing, delivering and supporting integrated telecom services for business customers, she said.