Ireland will see its first 4G mobile network launched today by Eircom and this will be rolled out to mobile users via Meteor and eMobile whom Eircom own. The service will be provided initially to Dublin, Carlow and Athlone, reaching 30% of the population or 1.2 million customers.
Eircom hopes to roll out to Cork, Galway and Limerick, between now and Christmas, raising the population coverage to 43% and 50% by next summer.
Vodafone have said that their 4G service will go live in mid October to Dublin, Kilkenny, Cork, Galway, Waterford, Limerick and large towns in the southeast and southwest.
O2 will not state when their service will go live but that it is well progressed.
4G will allow users download speeds of up to 25MB, which is 10% faster than the current 3G service.
There are not many 4G phones available at present although Eircom say that there are 19 4G phones available. Having quickly scanned the eMobile and Meteor sites they have 9 and 11 4G enabled phones between them. However the 9 eMobile devices are the same as the 9 of of 11 Meteor devices, you do the the math on how many 4G mobiles are available.