Eir says 5G roaming is now available in 34 countries including the UKLeigh Mc Gowranon April 19, 2022 at 09:07 Silicon RepublicSilicon Republic

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Telecoms company Eir has said its 5G roaming is now available for customers travelling in 34 countries around the world, including the UK.

Other countries that have been added to the roaming network include France, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Portugal, Malta and Thailand. Last November there were 22 countries where Eir customers could use 5G roaming.

“Travel demand has increased dramatically in recent weeks and so I am pleased to announce the expansion of eir’s 5G roaming network to include the UK and other highly popular travel destinations within Europe and Asia,” Eir CEO Oliver Loomes said.

“Our 5G customers who plan to travel this year will have access to the fastest and strongest technology available, ensuring they can stay in touch with family and friends while travelling the world,” Loomes added.

Eir customers can avail of 5G roaming across Europe, Asia, Canada and the Middle East including Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Korea, Kuwait, Latvia, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, the Philippines, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan and the United Arab Emirates.

Eir said it plans to add more countries to its 5G roaming list later in the year, including the US. The telecoms company said its 5G network is up to 10 times faster than its 4G predecessor.

Eir said its 5G network now extends across 1,250 sites in 450 towns and cities in Ireland. A 5G report last month by network intelligence company Ookla said Eir was the “clear winner” in 5G availability compared to other providers.

Last April, Eir said its 5G network was available across more than 900 sites in Ireland, reaching more than half of the population. By October, the telecoms provider claimed it hit a “significant milestone” by making its 5G network available to more than 70pc of people in Ireland across 336 towns and cities. Ookla said Eir increased this number to 430 towns and cities during the last quarter of 2021.

Last November, Eir announced free 5G upgrades to its customers that had Eir mobile plans. The company said it enabled 5G on all the company’s in-market mobile plans at no extra cost, giving prepay and contract customers access to the company’s growing 5G network.

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