Mobile phone network provider O2 has switched on its powerful 4G connection in Belfast and Lisburn following a £15 million investment.
The company said that it had been upgrading services across Northern Ireland in anticipation for the connection, as well as modernising the existing 2G and 3G networks. A further £5 million has also been committed to extend the rollout into other areas such as Londonderry by the end of the year.
Thanks to the rollout in Belfast, O2 said that its superfast 4G connection was now reaching around 21 million customers.
Enterprise Minister for the area Arlene Foster said:
“The arrival of O2 4G marks another significant step forward for Belfast and Lisburn as the network will deliver many positive benefits to both businesses in the area and passing smartphone users. It is even more encouraging that O2 has been able to use skills and expertise from local businesses to help build the network.”
O2 said that it had already moved thousands of customers in the area with 4G capable phones to a 4G service at no extra cost, with more coming over the next few days. The company said that it was delighted that 4G had arrived in Northern Ireland, adding that they hoped it would help improve O2 customer experience alongside the upgrade of the existing 2G and 3G networks.