Eircom wins multi-million euro deal to fibre up Aviva Stadium

30 Jun 2010

Eircom has won the lucrative contract to install the communications facilities at the new Aviva Stadium in Dublin 4. The infrastructure inclues the latest fibre internet and voice services.

The three-year contract is the largest communications contract signed by the Aviva stadium to date.

Eircom was involved in a competitive tender process and was awarded the contract because of its cost-effective, flexible and innovative solution.

This deal adds to Eircom’s stadium footprint, which currently includes a three-year contract with Croke Park valued at €1.4m.

The value of Eircom’s deal with the Aviva Stadium was not disclosed.

The system provides the Aviva Stadium with the unique capability of “bursting” from 20Mb to 200Mb on a requirement basis to facilitate large-scale conferences and events but eliminating the stadium’s need to pay for a 200Mb service all year round.

The bespoke solution includes internet access and storage space in two of Eircom’s state-of-the-art data centres, thereby ensuring there is an ‘always-on’ connection.

In addition, Eircom has provided a platform for next-generation broadband products and value-added services, such as off-site data hosting, disaster recovery, video conferencing and cloud computing.

“Our leading edge solution is tailored to provide the Aviva Stadium with maximum efficiency, while maintaining costs and the flexibility required by a world-class conference and sporting facility,” said Ronan Kneafsey, director of Corporate Markets, Eircom.

Bill Enright, operations director at the Aviva Stadium, said it was imperative that a world-class stadium such as Aviva had matching communications facilities.

“I believe Eircom are providing us with the type of communications infrastructure that will suit our wide diversity of needs for many years to come,” Enright said.

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