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4G WiMax technology is set to provide a world-class broadband and phone network for Irish businesses and consumers, it has been claimed.

The Imagine Communications Group, which is currently rolling out the technology across the country, says faster broadband speeds should be available within the next 12 months as a result.

According to the company, Ireland's over-reliance on the outmoded and over-exploited 3G network is holding it back in relation to its European neighbours.

Imagine's Commercial Director Brian O'Donohoe commented that the rapid deployment of the super-fast 4G WiMax network will "shoot Ireland up the European broadband league table".

"The new 4G WiMax network is faster and more reliable than 3G, has no expensive line rental charges like DSL and is available at half the cost of older technology providers like Eircom," he added.

He accused the Irish Government and its partners of being "hopelessly inadequate" in preparing Ireland for future technologies.

Earlier this week, Ovum Analyst Matthew Howlett told ZD Net that the recent change of government may delay the introduction of 4G mobile broadband services in the UK until 2013.

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