Three connects rural NI communities with data giveaway

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The operator is partnering with Northern Irish organisation ‘Supporting Communities’ to provide rural households and businesses with MiFi devices and 7.3 million MB of free data

Three is giving away 7.3 million MB of free mobile broadband to rural citizens and businesses in Northern Ireland in aid of the country’s digital inclusion programme.

Under the scheme, which is run by NI’s Department of Finance and Personnel (DFP), Three will work with an organisation called Supporting Communities Northern Ireland (SCNI) to set up communal broadband access across a number of rural communities.

Participants will receive a ‘MiFi’ device which acts as a wireless internet hotspot and can connect up to ten devices onto Three’s high-speed network, which is made up of ungraded 3G lines.

Three Chief Executive Officer Dave Dyson said: “Rural communities are often unable to access high-speed broadband, which can impact on people’s quality of life and business productivity. I hope the project will help address this issue for those taking part.

“This scheme underlines Three’s commitment to Northern Ireland and follows recent network investment and the Feel At Home price plan that addresses the issue of cross-border roaming.”

NI Finance Minister Simon Hamilton said: “This project is a valuable extension to the work already achieved by the Go On NI initiative in helping citizens communicate, shop, bank and access government information online and is a good reflection of DFP’s beneficial partnership with Three and SCNI.”

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