Three’s £12.7m upgrade project boosts NI coverage to 95pc


Operator increases network coverage by 20 per cent since the end of 2012 by more than doubling sites in the country

Three’s £12.7 million network improvement project has seen its mobile coverage in Northern Ireland grow from 75 per cent to 95 per cent in three years.

The operator has achieved this by more than doubling the number of sites in its network in the country from 189 at the end of 2012 to 425, with new areas now covered.

Three said that since the start of the project, it has seen a six-fold increase in data usage, with call minutes tripling on its Northern Irish network.

It is continuing its network investment and will introduce 4G in the country this month. The initial rollout will be focused on Belfast, with 4G spread to other parts of the country, including Londonderry, next year.

Three chief technology officer Bryn Jones said: “We have invested heavily in our network to provide exceptional coverage and a quality experience in Northern Ireland. Our customers will be able to enjoy better and faster mobile internet with the addition of new sites and the latest 3G technology. We will continue to invest in and improve the network to make sure customers get the best experience.”

Three area manager for Northern Ireland Chris Lloyd added: “With the massive expansion of network coverage we’ve seen sales rise by 28%, and 84% of our customers in 2014 have said they are likely to recommend us to friends and family. With our Feel at Home offer addressing the problems of inadvertent border roaming our Northern Ireland customers have made us the top performing region of the UK for growth.”