4G rollout leads to €500k worth of contracts for Data Edge

30 May 2013

Data Edge CEO and founder Brian McBride with CTO Paul Phelan

Network performance player Data Edge has secured deals worth a combined €500,000 on the back of the various mobile operators’ plans to roll out 4G in time for autumn.

The 4G LTE networks will result in much-improved download times and higher quality of streaming for consumers and businesses.

In November, ComReg awarded operators Vodafone, O2, Three and Eircom their 4G licences after a successful €850m wireless spectrum auction.

The new high-speed Ethernet transmissions network will be synchronised using Data Edge’s Grandmaster technology.

These specialist timing technologies are helping carriers transition their networks smoothly to 4G and maximise the benefits of download speeds of up to 100 megabits per second.  

A combined total of 25 Grandmaster clocks are being supplied to the operators.  

By providing nanosecond accuracy across the network, these clocks ensure that all mobile base stations are precisely synchronised, thus minimising a common cause of dropped calls.

“The transition to 3G and 4G networks is great news for carriers, businesses and consumers in Ireland, as the underlying Ethernet network will deliver higher bandwidth at lower operational cost,” Data Edge chief technology officer Paul Phelan explained.

“Our synchronised systems are helping to eliminate much of the complexity created by the introduction of Ethernet into the network by improving network efficiency and reducing delay, thus enabling faster data transfer and enhancing experience for mobile and fixed broadband users,” Phelan added.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years