eir to invest EUR50m in improving 4G coverage, 5G trails in next two to three years

Ireland —

eir has planned to invest €50m in the next nine months on upgrading its 4G mobile network and expanding coverage across the country.

eir has already invested €300m on the network in the last four years. “The new investment will be used to build and connect 100 extra mobile sites around the country”, said eir’s director of mobile networks, Fergal McCann.

McCann said that the investment will boost telco’s 4G population coverage from 81% currently to 95% in early 2017.

“We will have over 2,000 active sites and our own built out 4G network,” he added. eir current site-sharing agreement with Three will remain in place.

Mr. McCann said that 5G networks will require further heavy capital spending, with hundreds of millions in new industry expenditure required.

“5G is going to demand a lot more investment, but equally there is a demand there for continuous high speed services,” he said. “I expect to see the first 5G trials in the next two to three years. Ireland will be positioned quite well.”