Vodafone building fiber network in Ireland

Vodafone Ireland is constructing a high-bandwidth fiber network for the country’s government, which aims to speed up deployment of cloud services by the public sector.
The operator claims the network will enable Ireland’s government to consolidate its data centers, and accelerate rollout of shared services and applications for government departments and public service agencies. Vodafone Ireland is investing €5 million in the network, which will offer data rates up to 10-Gbps.
“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,” Bill McCluggage, the government’s chief information officer, says, adding. “It will help us standardize, consolidate and automate the delivery of ICT across the public sector, and reduce spend.”
Vodafone Ireland chief, Anne O’Leary, explains government departments currently operate different systems and 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,” she says.