Hutchison 3G Ireland (3 Ireland) will invest EUR65 million (USD72.4 million) in the overhaul of its technology platform, including its billing system, according to reports from the Irish Times. The cellco has signed a five-year deal with US-based software solutions provider Amdocs to oversee the move, which will see the integration of 3 Ireland’s systems with the business that previously operated as O2 Ireland, before it was acquired by Hutchison in July 2014. Robert Finnegan, chief executive at 3 Ireland, was cited as saying the new deal will ‘substantially’ reduce its annual IT costs, benefitting customers with lower prices.
The investment is in addition to a two-year EUR300 million 4G network upgrade due for completion in July 2016. As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in June 2015 3 Ireland announced that it would extend 4G availability to all former O2 Ireland post-paid customers from 1 July 2015, with O2 pre-paid subscribers able to access 4G technology from the end of July.