Meteor Mobile adds Cork to 4G network

22 Oct 2013

Eircom unit Meteor Mobile has switched on commercial 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) services in Cork as it strives to hit its target deadline of 40% population coverage by the end of this year. The former monopoly became the first telecoms operator in the Republic to launch a 4G network when it went live last month. It is spending EUR330 million (USD451 million) to deploy LTE over the next five years, aiming to hit 90% population coverage within three. Following the latest switch on, Meteor says that existing customers in Cork as well as would-be users, can access mobile data speeds averaging 10Mbps-15Mbps. The carrier’s next generation network is also available in Dublin, Athlone and Carlow, with Limerick and Galway to follow soon.

To connect, they need a 4G-enabled handset (or MiFi device, dongle) and a SIM that can be bought online or in one of its retail outlets. Meteor says that to date, some 50,000 of its subscribers have already purchased a suitable handset. The cellco is offering 4G to post-paid users only at this stage, and is drawing them in with the offer of unlimited data on all plans until 1 March 2014. Finally, Meteor says that it aims to launch pre-pay 4G tariff plans in 2014.

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