Three is Ireland’s fastest-growing mobile operator. Launched in 2005, we shook up a stale and uncompetitive market with our great value price plans and services and today, the Irish mobile market is a very different place, thanks to Three. We have a track record of firsts for consumers – we brought Skype to mobile first, even introduced a Skypephone; we were first to launch mobile broadband, first to introduce innovative price plans like FlexiFix and of course, we brought you “All You Can Eat Data” before any other operator. Three’s challenger brand credentials are what make us the fastest growing network in Ireland. So far, we have invested over €1.1 billion in building our network and we continue to invest as our customer base grows.
In December 2008, Three won the Government contract to roll-out broadband services to the remaining 10% of the country without adequate broadband. Now, thanks to Three many consumers and businesses in rural Ireland are connected to broadband and all the benefits this brings.
In January 2014, Three launched its 4G services, for both Bill Pay and Prepay customers. Three offered significant coverage at launch, with over 60% coverage in the cities of Galway, Limerick and Waterford and 40% in Dublin and Cork. Total population coverage will continue to grow through 2014.
In August 2010, we became the proud sponsor of the Irish national football team. In May 2013, we announced the extension of this partnership, pledging support to Irish football until 2016 in a deal worth an additional €4 million. This adds to the current investment by Three of €7.8 million to the FAI.
We are also the proud sponsors of Waterford GAA (hurling and football).
Our parent company.
Three is 100% owned by Hutchison Whampoa Limited, a renowned multinational conglomerate committed to innovation and technology. Its diverse businesses employ over a quarter of a million people in 52 countries worldwide and operations range from some of the world's biggest port operators and retailers, to property development and infrastructure, to innovative telecommunications and data services. Three operates 3G services in Ireland, UK, Austria, Denmark, Hong Kong, Italy, Macau and Sweden. We have over 22 million customers in Europe alone. Hutchison Whampoa Limited is controlled by Li Ka-shing, one of the world’s most successful businessmen.