US telecommunications company Genband has said that it will create 100 jobs in Galway over the next three years.

The IDA-supported venture represents an €8m investment by the company.

The Texas-based firm has chosen Galway to set up its international headquarters and business services centre.

The company has operations in 50 countries providing digital infrastructure and services for the telecommunications industry.

The 100 jobs will be created over the next three years with the first of those coming before Christmas.

The Galway facility will provide employment in software development, customer support, finance and administration.

Genband President Charlie Vogt said: 'Ireland's breadth of high-quality, skilled human resources made Galway an ideal setting for our expansion, particularly when combined with the region's competitive cost structure and leadership as a telecommunications corridor.'

Minister for Social Protection Éamon Ó Cuív made the official announcement this afternoon.

He said: 'We're very pleased that the global leader in IP and next generation networking solutions has decided to locate its international headquarters here in Galway.'

IDA Chief Executive Barry O'Leary said: 'Genband's investment is very significant for Galway and builds on the excellent telecommunications expertise available in the region.'