Eircom has entered the mobile broadband market with a product that will not only provide users with 3G broadband, but also free access to the company’s 1,000 Wi-Fi hotspots around the country.
A spokesman for the company said the company will be unveiling Eircom-branded 3G dongles, and coverage will mirror its subsidiary Meteor’s network by providing 3G in locations where its network is rolled out and then flipping over to GPRS speeds outside the network.
This means that Eircom will be able to provide 7.2Mbps broadband over 3G to users living in Dublin, Cork city, Dundalk, Drogheda, Bray, Naas and Newbridge. The company said it will be extending the coverage range to well over half the population by the end of the year.
“This gives us a complete and full service offering for fixed and mobile broadband to give customers total flexibility over when and how they use broadband,” he said.
With the new offer customers will have free access to Eircom’s Wi-Fi hotspots in over 1,000 locations across the country, as well as a 10GB download allowance.
They will also have access to exclusive online content from Setanta Sports, including 35 live Barclays Premier League games, 12 live FA cup games and Magners League rugby.
By John Kennedy
Pictured at the launch of Eircom’s new mobile broadband offering is actress Amy Huberman Debbie Byrne, marketing director, Consumer Market, Eircom