Telecom Eireann has announced that it has secured two projects with international computer software company Microsoft. Both projects, which were tendered for separately by Microsoft, involve the installation of national and international broadband infrastructure. The broadband network provided by Telecom Eireann will be located at Microsoft’s European Operations Center in Sandyford and will be operational from June 1998.
“[This] is proof positive that Telecom Eireann can provide leading-edge technological solutions that meet the requirements of the most sophisticated global clients,” Alfie Kane, Telecom’s CEO, said at last week’s announcement.
Said Kevin Dillon, managing director for Microsoft’s European Operations Center, “The Sandyford-based Microsoft European Operations Center is the commercial and transaction center for all Microsoft business in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. As rapidly as our business grows, our transactions. . . . We therefore need the highest caliber broadband network connectivity to our customers and partners around the world.”
The new broadband solution developed by Telecom Eireann is designed to more effectively bring Microsoft’s products to the marketplace. The Sandyford ATM network is based on a fully resilient and diverse fibre optic ring and hosts four ATM broadband switches, ranking as one of the largest ATM campus implementations in Europe.