A telecommunications company involved in delivering networks for its clients is to create 50 new jobs over the next 18 months.

Entegro is to expand its operations into Europe and the US in the coming two years and already has clients such as Virgin Media, Siro, CityFibre, Fibrus, CTL, Enet and others for its work in building digital networks.

The new jobs will be located at the company's new "fibre network design centre of excellence" which was opened today by EU Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan.

Entegro has immediate vacancies in planning and design, fibre planning, GIS, and engineering and currently employs 100 people.

Combined revenues for 2020 are expected to exceed €12 million.

Entegro is passionate about delivering network growth for its clients, engineering technical growth, Managing Director, Jim Doyle, said today: "We are proud to be the trusted, go-to experts in the planning and design of future proofed fibre networks and empowering all our communities, be they towns or villages, cities or entire countries.

Director of business development, Fintan Shortall said there are already nine different nationalities working at the company's base.

"From our headquarters in Kilkenny we're building networks across Ireland, the UK and into the US. We've built a very strong team and together, we will significantly increase our turnover."

The company is already helping to connect 30,000 homes and businesses every month using its bespoke-design delivery tools, using fibre and hybrid networks to improve clients' bandwidth capacity and content.

Entegro says its mission is to provide "world class, cost-effective network solutions to the evolving telecoms industry globally". 

Officially opening the new centre of excellence, Commissioner Phil Hogan said "connectivity is a prerequisite for future economic growth and job creation, particularly in rural areas" and that Entegro is helping to bridge the digital gap.

"We're now entering a significant phase in the development of broadband infrastructure in Ireland and across Europe, and companies like Entegro will be at the forefront of connecting our communities.

 "The creation of 50 new jobs is great news for the area and the broader impact of Entegro's work to help connect our citizens across the globe is hugely positive," he said.