Viatel embarks on €1.5m upgrade of Irish network

9 Apr 2014

Colm Piercy, CEO of Viatel

Pan-European telecoms operator Viatel is to embark on a €1.5m network upgrade across Ireland, involving 1,500 km of fibre reaching cities including Dublin, Cork, Waterford, Limerick and Galway.

Viatel merged with Irish-headquartered telecoms company Digiweb last year, creating a telecoms operator that will connect 34 Western European cities over an 8,500 km fibre network.

The network upgrade, which began early this year, provides a major enhancement to the Viatel network footprint in Ireland. Some 1,500 km of network will be upgraded, covering all major metropolitan areas. 

“This network upgrade quadruples the capacity available from Viatel and is a clear response by the company to continue our investment programme across all the markets that we operate in,” said Colm Piercy, CEO of Viatel.

“This €1.5m upgrade will benefit all our customers throughout Ireland, as well as our European customers, taking connectivity solutions to support their Irish sites.”

Viatel has invested US$1.5bn in constructing a low-latency 8,500 km fibre network connecting 34 European cities.

The merged entity has a combined workforce of 200 and annual revenues of US$78m. The combined group generates operating profits exceeding US$10m annually.

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