One of Northern Ireland’s most respected telecoms operators has spoken of his “great disappointment” that 02 and Vodafone have excluded Northern Ireland in their 4G plans which were launched today.
Eric Carson, a director at Rainbow Communications, which is Northern Ireland’s largest independently owned business telecoms company, has accused 02 and Vodafone of treating Northern Ireland businesses with a level of disrespect.
“I find it incredulous that two of the biggest players in the mobile industry have failed to include Northern Ireland in their 4G roll-out plans,” said Mr Carson.
His comments follow today’s launch of 4G services in the UK by Vodafone and 02, both of whom have not committed to rolling out the 4G network in Northern Ireland.
4G has the potential to transform how businesses operate, providing superfast access to the Internet from mobile devices no matter where the user is located.
“Currently, 4G is only available via the provider EE, which has committed to further roll-out of the network in Northern Ireland.
“There are thousands of customers on 02 and Vodafone business packages across the province and I am certain many of them will share my great disappointment in this decision.
“Over the decades I’ve witnessed many multi-national telecoms providers over-promise to Northern Ireland businesses, only to leave them high and dry,” continued Mr Carson who celebrates 50 years in the telecoms sector this year.
“The future of mobile lies with 4G and I commend EE for its continued investment in the Northern Ireland network and its commitment to ensure businesses are properly equipped to exploit the opportunities that 4G currently offers.”
Rainbow Communications is the only Northern Ireland business telecoms company working in partnership with EE to deliver 4G services for organisations here.
Headquartered in Belfast and with offices in Glasgow, Rainbow Communications currently employs 80 staff and offers calls and lines, mobiles, broadband, inbound, systems, VoIP, cloud telephony, data and I.T. Services to 5,500 businesses in the UK and Ireland.
First Published: 29/08/13