July 6, 2020
Business News

Net gain: Kilkenny-based company to create 50 new jobs as it delivers broadband to rural Ireland

A Kilkenny-based compnay is celebrating after it secured a lucrative contract with the State’s National Broadband Plan.

The deal will allow local telecommunications firm Entegro to create up to 50 new jobs.

The company is headquartered in Kilkenny and has offices in Dublin and Athlone.

Under the new contract, Entegro will survey and design fibre optic networks across the Republic as part of the roll-out of the plan to bring high-speed internet access to more remote parts of the country.

The company is now recruiting network designers engineers, experienced surveyors and trainees. It currently employs 70 people after its headcount was more than doubled following a recruitment drive last October.

Entegro will play a key role in helping to deliver the €3 billion plan by National Broadband Ireland and it will survey locations nationwide.

The company’s managing director, Jim Doyle, said: “There is not one home, family, business or community in rural Ireland that will not benefit from being connected to this fibre network.

“We look forward to the challenge, and to playing our part in the development and delivery of such a critical infrastructure project, that will be vital in Ireland’s future prosperity and growth.”

The National Broadband Plan is expected to take up to seven years to complete, although most homes will have access to the new network within the first three years.

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