Eircom in major networking deal with AIB

10 Nov 2006

Eircom is understood to have landed the single biggest network contract undertaken in the capital by any communications company in recent years after being selected by AIB to construct and manage a storage area network (SAN) across Dublin.

The project involves the installation of over 140 kilometres of fibre optic cable and is being commissioned to support AIB’s data storage requirements for the next 10 years.

“This adds real momentum to our continuing success in the enterprise sector and adds to the growing list of customers choosing Eircom’s state-of-the-art solutions,” said Ray Nulty, director of Enterprise Markets at Eircom.

The system uses a new next-generation managed optical networking service developed by Eircom to provide secure, extremely high-bandwidth connectivity to multiple locations, particularly for use within the financial services industry.

It allows high volumes of data to be replicated and backed up in real time, ensuring customer transactions are safe and securely stored.

Under the terms of the deal Eircom will fully manage the service for AIB over the next 10 years, including the hardware and network monitoring elements.

The network was designed jointly by Eircom’s Optical Network Division, Eircom Consult (Eircom’s Network Consultants) and AIB’s Network Design Group. O

Over 60 of Eircom’s specialist engineers have been engaged on the project which will be completed over the coming 18 months.

By John Kennedy