EE to launch 4G in Belfast on Christmas day

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The capital of Northern Ireland will get 4G from Christmas day, while EE hope to upgrade the country’s 2G and 3G networks by April 2013

EE will launch 4G mobile services in Northern Ireland on Christmas day.

The roll-out of 4G will start in Belfast on December 25, but EE have not yet said which other areas in Northern Ireland will get the super-fast service and when.

EE is also investing £25 million to improve Northern Ireland’s 2G and 3G networks, aiming to complete the upgrades by April 2013. It aims to bring faster mobile internet to 94 per cent of the population.

It says the upgrade programme “is likely to result in occasional and sporadic network outages for a small amount of customers,” with some customers near masts losing mobile reception for 12 to 48 hours.

Northern Ireland enterprise minister Arlene Foster said: “The launch of 4G services in Belfast is positive news for Northern Ireland, and I am pleased to see that we are one of the first communities in the UK to benefit from this exciting technology.

“My department recognises the importance of digital infrastructure in the development of the economy in Northern Ireland.”

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