Mobile operator Vodafone said today it has switched on 4G for smartphone users in six cities and 31 towns across Ireland.
4G delivers data speeds of up to 10 times faster than 3G.
At the same time, Vodafone is bringing 3G coverage to anywhere in Ireland that currently has voice coverage.
The six cities that can access 4G services include Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway, Waterford and Kilkenny.
Towns in the south-east and south-west of the country include Bagnelstown, Ballincollig, Bunclody, Carlow, Carrigaline, Carrigtohill, Cloyne, Cobh, Dungarvan, Dunmanway, Enniscorthy, Fermoy, Gorey, Kanturk, Kenmare, Killarney, Killorglin, Kinsale, Lismore, Listowel, Mallow, Midleton, Millstreet, New Ross, Newmarket, Rosslare Harbour, Rosslare Strand, Thomastown, Tralee, Tullow, and Wexford.
Vodafone said 4G-ready handsets in the market include recent handsets from Apple, Samsung, HTC, Nokia and Sony. Enabling the handsets to work on 4G networks requires downloading specific software, the company said.
Commenting on the expansion of the 4G network, Vodafone’s Anne Sheehan said: “This is great news for those customers who are really keen to experience 4G services on their smartphones as soon as possible.
“We believe that faster speeds will be a catalyst for innovation and provide a platform for businesses to create new services and applications on mobile that will benefit everyone.”