Vodafone Ireland to build fibre network for the public sector

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Operator investing €5 million over three years in building the network, which will reach speeds of up to 10Gbps 

Vodafone Ireland has been selected by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform to build a high-speed fixed data communications network to Irish Government departments and public sector agencies.

The operator, which is investing €5 million over three years in the project, is immediately beginning construction of the fibre-based network, which will run at speeds of up 10Gbps and eventually connect the department and agencies nationwide.

The operator said the new network will accelerate the Government’s implementation of cloud computing to speed up and enhance the provision of critical public services, as well as drive efficiency gains across the public sector.

Vodafone Ireland CEO Anne O’Leary (pictured right) said: “Currently, Government departments and agencies operate on different systems and use different applications.  By building this connected network, it will be easier for the CIO and his team to simplify ICT provision across the public sector to deliver services that create more efficient working practices across government.”

Government CIO Bill McCluggage (pictured left) said: “With this high-powered network, we will be able to provide a new range of shared resources and software services that will, eventually, be accessible to every public sector employee from a desk or mobile device. It is underpinned by a solid business case that provides compelling value-for-money for the state and taxpayers.”

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