Mobile broadband is set to receive a boost in coverage across Northern Ireland after three major networks pledged to fund a £25m project.

Currently, according to figures from Ofcom, just 54% of the current population in Northern Ireland have access to mobile broadband over 3G.

This is set to change with major mobile operators Three UK, T-Mobile and Orange all  agreeing to jointly fund a £25m initiative. The project will upgrade  current mobile broadband (3G) coverage in Northern Ireland to an impressive 94% by the end of this year.

Northern Ireland’s Enterprise Minister, Arlene Foster, said of the agreement:

 “This is excellent news for Northern Ireland. My Department has for a number of years recognised the importance of state-of-the-art telecommunications networks to the development of the economy.

News of an investment of this size in the growing mobile sector comes at an important time. My Department has consulted extensively on telecoms investment priorities for 2011-2015 and has received endorsement for proposals to examine ways to deliver improvements in high-speed mobile delivery.

This initiative should also help improve existing voice and 2G services across the country.

The news is a boost for Northern Irish businesses who are looking for flexible landline services, such as our award-winning Gradwell Mobile service, which uses Three UK’s 3G network to give business a landline phone number on a mobile device.

If you’re interested in finding out more about Gradwell Mobile, give us a call on 01225 800 808 or email

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