Thursday, September 26 12:49:01
Meteor, part of the eircom Group, today said it is the first in Ireland to launch high speed 4G mobile service, rolling out the service from today.
The announcement comes after Vodafone Ireland yesterday said it would launch its service from mid-October.
With superfast mobile data speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G, Ireland's consumption of digital media is set to soar to a whole new level.
Meteor said its 4G will enable customers with compatible 4G devices to download video and audio content faster, stream video on handsets and tablets with little to no buffering, as well as upload photos and videos to social media almost instantaneously.
It expects peak speeds will reach between 20 to 25Mbps, and in technical trials the operator has clocked speeds of more than 60Mbps.
Meteor also announced that there will be no price premium for 4G. In addition, Meteor is offering unlimited data on all tariffs until March 1st 2014.
Customers will need a 4G enabled handset/device and a 4G SIM card to avail of 4G. Those who already have a 4G enabled handset/device and live in a coverage area will be sent a 4G SIM card in the post. Over 50,000 Meteor customers already have 4G enabled handsets, including the Samsung GS4 and GS4 Mini, Sony Xperia Z, HTC One and Nokia Lumia 925.
The 4G service is available from today for Meteor bill-pay customers in Dublin, Athlone and Carlow, with Cork, Limerick and Galway coming on stream over the coming weeks. Meteor expects it will reach more than 40pc population coverage for 4G by the end of the year and is planning to introduce a pre-pay 4G offer in 2014.