Digiweb to create 200 jobs, invests in 4G

26 Mar 2007

Broadband provider Digiweb is to create 200 new jobs at its new technology centre in Blanchardstown. The company says it has completed a national network rollout and the new centre will be the base for a 4G mobile broadband network.

The expansion will see the company increase employment well beyond its current workforce of 200 people.

The 200 workers will be mainly employed at Digiweb’s new Blanchardstown data centre and network operations centre.

Digiweb says it is in the process of rolling out further fibre infrastructure as well as a countrywide wireless network that it has dubbed “a 4G network.”

It is understood that at least 80 of the jobs will be filled straight away by project managers, IP engineers and network managers.

In November, Digiweb told siliconrepublic.com that it was aiming to have 65pc coverage of Ireland by the end of 2006.

At the time Digiweb’s head of strategic development John Quinn said that the company aimed to build and own a network separate to that of incumbent Eircom.

Also in November Digiweb contracted Irish fibre network provider euNetworks to build a 140km fibre optic Metropolitan Area Network (MAN) that will circle Dublin. The value of the investment was not disclosed.

The “self-healing” 140km network links Digiweb’s new data hosting facility in Blanchardstown with all the major data centres across Dublin as well as the main business parks. Digiweb also said the network connects to local telephone exchanges within Dublin to enable local loop unbundling (LLU).

“Celebrating our tenth year in business data centre and network solutions is a key milestone for us and will reaffirm our commitment to ongoing investment in independent infrastructure in Ireland,” Colm Piercy, Digiweb’s managing director commented this morning. “This will enable us to accelerate our pace of innovation and enable us to announce further exciting services.”

By John Kennedy