eir has announced the creation of 250 jobs during 2016 as a direct result of the rollout of high speed fibre broadband across Ireland. KN Circet (KN), a strategic supplier to eir, has already recruited 150 staff for these jobs while a further 100 roles have yet to be filled.
The jobs will based throughout the country and brings the total number of people to 800 who are working and involved in the rollout high speed fibre broadband to rural Ireland.
The roles involve a variety of skills including Cabling Technicians, Fibre Splicers, Poling Crews and Installation Technicians and KN expects to fill the majority of these roles over the course of the next 3 months.
Carolan Lennon, Managing Director at open eir said the partnership with KN was a critical component of the company’s broadband investment programme. “eir has embarked on the largest telecoms investment project of its kind in Ireland. To date, we have spent close to €400m alone on our high speed fibre broadband roll out programme. Our partner, KN, is playing a key role in ensuring that we deliver our broadband solutions to communities’ right across the country as quickly as possible. We have a proven track record in delivering quality broadband at scale, at pace and ahead of schedule. No other operator is investing more in broadband rollout throughout the country”.
Damien Gallagher, KN Circet, Managing Director (Ireland) said “KN have worked closely with eir since 2004 and have expertise in the rollout of fibre broadband networks not only in Ireland but Internationally. KN employ over 1,500 people throughout Ireland and see close hand the importance of broadband to rural communities. We are delighted to be involved with eir on such an important project which will catapult Ireland up the International broadband league in regard to coverage, speed and service”
To date, 1.6 million homes and businesses now have access to high-speed fibre broadband. eir has also committed to reaching an additional 300,000 rural homes and businesses before 2020 and work is already underway. KN and open eir teams are working on roadsides all over Ireland laying fibre across a network of 1.5 million telephone poles to upgrade the services that are currently available.
Once complete, 1.9 million premises which represents roughly 80% of the homes and businesses in Ireland, will be able to access high speed broadband. In addition, beyond open eir’s investment plans, the Government has, under the National Broadband Plan, committed to support the delivery of high-speed broadband to the most rural parts of Ireland.
KN Circet was formed in 1975 and has experience in Telecommunications, Civil Engineering, Rail and Power. The Group has built a portfolio of specialist services with an international footprint in Ireland, UK, Africa, India and the Caribbean. KN Circet employs over 2,000 people in a diverse workforce in Ireland and international locations.