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The chief executive of 3 has expressed his delight with the broadband contract handed out to the operator by the Irish government.

It has been confirmed that the mobile broadband provider has been appointed to provide services to areas in Ireland which are currently deprived of high-speed internet services.

Minister Eamon Ryan said that "universal" broadband coverage in Ireland was imperative from an economic point of view - attracting foreign investors and allowing the country to remain competitive in the European marketplace.

Robert Finnegan, 3's chief, commented: "As the country’s leading mobile broadband provider, we have fought hard to bring Ireland up to speed in the broadband league tables by bringing increased competition to Ireland and implementing the best broadband technologies available.

"We are delighted to be named 'preferred tenderer' and we look forward to working with the Department of Communications Energy and Natural Resources to better connect rural Ireland."

So far 3 has already invested over €530 million (£443 million) in its Irish broadband operations.

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