Engineering firm in lucrative deal to transform O2 network


19 Jan 2007

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A niche project consulting firm that is part-owned by a Dublin-headquartered e-commerce payments firm has completed the first stage of a project to supply engineers to help transform O2 Ireland’s core mobile network for IP communications, siliconrepublic.com has learned.

Project Life Cycle (PLC) Partners is 50pc-owned by FreeStar Technology, an e-commerce firm started by brothers Paul and Cian Egan which processes on average 20 million transactions a year for companies like Ikea and Finnair.

PLC Partners specialises in the provision of project consulting, in particular the management and implementation of IT projects. It has clients in the banking, telecoms, government and educational sectors.

Customers of PLC include Danske Bank, Chambers Ireland, Ivax and CR2 Ltd.

The company won a contract with O2 Ireland in May last year to supply engineers to engineer and manage O2 Ireland’s core mobile telephone network.

It is understood that PLC has completed the first stage of the 18-month contract to supply engineers to build the network.

It is providing O2 with qualified engineers to work primarily on O2’s Nortel circuit and packet core network, signalling, interconnect and supporting IP network.

FreeStar technology chief executive Paul Egan said that the O2 contract win along with other signed contracts is expected to produce revenues in excess of €1.5m for PLC Partners

PLC’s manging director Neil McRory commented on the O2 contract: “We are committed to providing quality resources and managed services to this programme of work, which is expected to continue throughout this year.”

By John Kennedy