AirSpeed in lucrative €100k comms deal with Dairygold

9 Sep 2009

Wireless spectrum telecoms company Airspeed Telecom has won a contract worth more than €100,000 to be the primary telecoms service provider for Ireland’s largest farmer-owned business Dairygold Co-Operative.

The three-year deal will see Airspeed connect the Co-operative’s Irish operations with its UK data centre.

Airspeed will provide a 10Mbps bandwidth connection between Dairygold’s IBM data centre in the UK and Dairygold headquarters in Mitchelstown, Co Cork.

Dairygold’s data facility in Warwickshire was connected to the Mitchelstown centre over a 2Mbps circuit, which was insufficient to implement their new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system.

Dairygold needed to considerably increase this bandwidth which was not readily available at the Mitchelstown location and AirSpeed Telecom, who already provide Dairygold’s high-speed WAN (wide area network) network in Cork, were able to deliver the necessary bandwidth for Dairygold with a 10Mbps connection to their operations in the UK.

“Due to the growing importance of this facility for their day-to-day operations, Dairygold needed to considerably increase the bandwidth,” Liam O’ Kelly, AirSpeed Telecom managing director explained.

“The higher bandwidth provided by AirSpeed Telecom proved a key enabler for the implementation of the new ERP system hosted in the UK facility,” Kelly said.

This is the fourth new contract win for AirSpeed Telecom in as many months. The company recently inked deals with Vhi Healthcare, Údarás na Gaeltachta and Vista Primary Care.

“Until now, we were unable to secure sufficient bandwidth to implement our ERP system remotely,” Bill O’ Mara, IT Services, with Dairygold explained.

“AirSpeed Telecom, who started out as our back-up provider, have provided us with the required high bandwidth service and due to the quality of this service we have now AirSpeed Telecom our primary telecom service provider.”

AirSpeed Telecom has also recently been awarded multiple lots of 10.5GHz spectrum licences from ComReg which will significantly increase capacity in Portlaoise, Dundalk, Waterford and Wexford for uncontended high bandwidth services.

AirSpeed Telecom employs 35 people at offices in Dublin (Citywest) and Cork (CIT Campus). Clients include RTE, Údarás na Gaeltachta, Vhi Healthcare, TG4, Telegael, HEANet, Dairygold, NCSS (BreastCheck), Vista Primary Care and Windmill Lane.

By John Kennedy

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