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Internet service providers 3 and BT are to link up to provide 100Mb broadband services in Ireland, it has been announced.

BT is to roll out fibre broadband to 1,000 sites across the country, and also 200 new mobile sites, helping to increase the download speeds available to 3 subscribers.

Consumers in Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Galway will be among those to benefit from the infrastructure investment.

The rollout of the upgraded network will take place over the next 18 months, with BT completing development operations by the end of 2012.

As a result of the mobile broadband upgrade, 3 customers will benefit from a larger bandwidth capacity and improved service quality.

Robert Finnegan, Chief Executive of 3 Ireland, said there was "huge demand" for mobile broadband in the country, and his firm will continue to deliver such services to the consumer market.

In related news, UPC Ireland has announced the launch of a new 100Mb fibre broadband service, available to businesses and consumers in its networked areas.

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