Three Ireland has hired Nokia Networks to help it develop its mobile network and to upgrade its older 2G and 3G networks as part of a €300m investment plan.
Nokia Networks will supply new base stations for the older networks, and a cloud-based system for managing the network, as Three also rolls out its own 4G network across Ireland.
Three said Nokia Networks will begin deploying the hardware and new technology in September, with completion set for 2017. However, customers will begin to benefit from the improvements before that time, Three added.
“Following on from Three’s successful acquisition of O2 in Ireland, this significant network investment further demonstrates our commitment to rollout a state-of-the-art network for our customers,” said David Hennessy, Three’s chief technical officer.
“We are moving towards becoming the No 1 operator in the country and will do this by providing the best network, value and service for our customers.”