Coillte awards €250,000 contract to boost 4G services for mobile operators

26 Oct 2012

Coillte's Mark Foley with Ian Duggan from 4Site

Ireland’s largest natural resources company Coillte has awarded a contract worth potentially up to €250,000 to 4Site Telecoms aimed at improving its design and planning services for telecoms towers for mobile operators.

The move is timely, considering the 4G spectrum auctions are just around the corner and operator alliances between Vodafone and Three and O2 and Eircom have been forged with a view to reducing the cost of their network rollouts.

“Our nationwide telecom sites portfolio across many elevated locations is a unique asset as telecom operators look to roll out next-generation networks including 4G/LTE,” Padraig O’Donoghue, director of innovation, Coillte, said.

“In addition, the industry is moving towards increased collaboration rather than duplicating towers. Our deal with 4Site telecoms will enhance our services to existing and new telecom customers.”

Coillte operates more than 400 site locations for the telecoms sector, representing the largest portfolio of telecom sites in Ireland.

4Site will support Coillte in managing and upgrading its tower portfolio so as to maximise revenue.

“Coillte has a major opportunity with LTE (long-term evolution) and network upgrades coming on stream and the potential for new tenants on its infrastructure,” explained 4Site’s managing director Ian Duggan.

“We were selected against stiff competition,” he added.

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