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Hutchison 3G Ireland launches 3G service

(1 October 2003) Hutchison 3G Ireland, the winner of one of Ireland's 3G mobile phone licences last year, has announced that its network is now live and that it is offering its key corporate partners access to its services in Dublin. The services currently include video mobile calling and a range of content.

The network, which is currently limited to certain parts of Dublin, is being rolled out by Esat BT under an outsourcing contract. Hutchison 3G Ireland expects to be able to make 3G services available to the wider public within the next year.

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About Hutchison 3G Ireland

Hutchison 3G Ireland is 100% owned by Hutchison Whampoa Group which also holds 3G licences in Australia, Austria, Denmark, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Norway, Sweden and the UK. It has branded its new 3G operations as '3'. Apart from telecommunications, the Group also has operations in ports, retail, hotels, property development, oil and gas.

Background information on 3G

A 3G network is different from the current networks GSM or 2G network because it's able to deliver high data speeds, allowing media-rich video and other broadband services to a mobile handset.