O2 switches on its 4G network in northern Ireland


Network now available in Belfast and Lisburn following a £15 million investment to upgrade services in the country 

O2 has switched on its 4G network in Northern Ireland, beginning with Belfast and Lisburn.

It follows an ongoing investment of £15 million to upgrade services across the country, including the modernisation of its 2G and 3G networks, as well as the rollout of 4G.

A further £5 million will be spent to extend this to other areas by the end of this year, including the city of Londonderry.

In preparation for the launch, Os said it has moved thousands of customers using a 4G device to its 4G service at no extra cost, with more migrating in the coming days.

The operator launched its 4G service last August, which now covers 204 towns and cities to reach more than 21 million people or over a third of the UK population.

It said it will continue with its rapid network roll out with the aim of reaching 98 per cent of the UK population by 2017.

O2 UK chief operating officer Derek McManus said: “Our customers can now experience all the exciting benefits of 4G, including local businesses who can make full use of those mobile products and services that will allow them to grow and increase productivity.”