O2 to begin trialling 4G in Dublin, Cork and Galway

9 Sep 2013

O2 Ireland CEO Tony Hanway and Irish rugby star Brian O'Driscoll launch the new 4G pilot trials

Mobile operator O2 Ireland, which is in the process of being acquired by Three owner Hutchison Whampoa, says it will switch on its pilot 4G network in Dublin, Cork and Galway over the coming weeks.

Rival Vodafone has 4G base stations operational in and around Dublin’s city centre and other licensed operators Meteor and Three have yet to reveal their 4G pilot plans.

O2’s 4G pilot network will involve 4G being switched on at sites in Dublin city centre, including the Docklands area, as well as sites in Cork City and Galway City. A number of business customers will participate in the pilot using 4G devices.

Customers will also be able to try out a range of 4G devices in O2 Stores on Grafton Street and Henry Street in Dublin, Patrick Street in Cork and Shop Street in Galway.

The announcement is the latest step in O2’s ongoing network investment programme which has already seen the company upgrade 3G services across Ireland, delivering an improved data experience to more than 30pc of the population so far.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years