Entegro plans to recruit 50 staff in Ireland across FTTH design, engineering, GIS mapping, field surveying and project management, along with supporting roles based in Kilkenny.
Today (24 September), telecommunications business Entegro announced a total of 70 new jobs between its operations in Ireland and Poland.
The Kilkenny-headquartered company, which has been chosen to survey and design the National Broadband Plan (NBP) network in Ireland, will recruit 50 additional staff here over the coming year, bringing its total new hires in the country to more than 100 within 12 months. In May, it announced plans to recruit 50 engineers, surveyors and trainees.
Recruitment is already underway here for multiple new positions across fibre-to-the-home design, engineers, geographic information system mapping technicians, field surveyors and project managers. The company will also hire for supporting roles, which will be based in Kilkenny city.
Elsewhere, the company plans to launch a design support centre in Poland, creating 20 new jobs. It said that work is already underway as it looks to further its European expansion plans.
Entegro said that new hires will help meet the growing demand from projects in Ireland and abroad, including the ongoing survey and design contract work for the NBP network roll-out, as well as work on the Fibrus Northern Ireland project for the design and delivery of fibre infrastructure throughout the six counties.
The company said that it has grown from 80 staff since it was launched in October 2019 to 150 today, with further growth projected by 2022. Its engineering team, based in Kilkenny city, is currently surveying across Carlow and Kilkenny and engineers are also deployed further afield to Tipperary town, Castlebar, Sligo, Longford and Leitrim.
Entegro said its design capacity has “grown significantly” over the past year. It is working with clients such as Virgin Media Ireland, Siro, Fibrus NI, Cityfibre UK and CenturyLink US.
Jim Doyle, chief executive of Entegro, said: “As a business, we are delighted to be involved in the delivery of such an ambitious and vital project as the National Broadband Plan. It will provide much-needed future-proofed connectivity in rural Ireland.
“Covid-19 has presented challenges but the entire Entegro team has really stepped up to the mark and without their professionalism, hard work and teamwork, our continued success and growth would not have been possible.”
The full deployment of the NBP is expected to take five to seven years and will involve constructing approximately 146,000km of fibre cable to connect more than 1m people in the 537,000 homes, farms, schools and businesses within the roll-out area.