Vodafone promise 4G services from mid-October
Vodafone’s 4G service on track to be available in six cities and 26 towns by Christmas
Vodafone Ireland has confirmed the launch of 4G services across the country, with six major cities and 26 towns set to be experiencing it by Christmas.
A 4G data service will be available from mid-October in Dublin, Kilkenny, Cork, Galway, Waterford and Limerick, as well as large towns in the South East and South West of Ireland.
The company believes this will make the service available to between 40 and 55% of the population at launch.
Meanwhile a 4G Smartphone offering is said to be in the pipeline, although that is expected slightly nearer to Christmas.
A further range of devices which are capable of supporting the 4G services will also hit the shops at around the same time.
Those customers on Vodafone Red and Vodafone Super Red alongside business customers on similar plans will be able to get 4G services on Smartphones at no extra cost.
Making the service available to the majority
4G prepay will not be available until 2014, although the company is said to be determined to roll out the services to as many people as possible.
The roll out of new services coincides with Vodafone attempting to improve their coverage for customers across the country.
They see 4G as a vital part of the experience that a customer should receive and have been preparing sites across Ireland for several months in preparation for the launch.
4G is short for fourth generation and provides faster mobile broadband speeds to Smartphones, tablets and dongles.
Speeds are up to ten times faster than those currently experienced on 3G networks.
Around 70% of customers are said to have 3G handsets, while continued work is being carried out across the country to ensure availability of a high-quality 4G service.
The service will initially be a data launch, as Vodafone waits for Apple to certify Irish 4G networks for use with the new iPhone 5 models.
At the initial launch, other towns to receive 4G services will include Bagnelstown, Ballincollig, Bantry, Blarney, Bunclody, Carlow Tralee, Carrigtohill, Cobh, Dungarvan, Dunmanway, Enniscorthy and Kanturk.
Kenmare, Killarney, Lismore, Macroom, Mallow, Midleton, Mitchelstown, Newmarket, New Ross, Rosslare Harbour, Thomastown and Wexford will also benefit from the access to the new services.