A telecommunications company involved in the implementation of the National Broadband Plan is to create 50 jobs in this country over the coming year and a further 20 new positions in Poland.
Kilkenny-based Entegro have announced plans to set up a design support centre in Poland and the total of 70 new staff in that country and Ireland will bring new hires to over 100 within 12 months.
The new Irish jobs will be put in place to meet growing demand from projects here and abroad, including ongoing survey and design contract works for the National Broadplan Plan network roll-out along with work on fibre infrastructure throughout Northern Ireland.
Entegro has grown from 80 staff since its launched last October to 150 today.
Its engineering team, based in Kilkenny city, is currently carrying out NBP surveys in Carlow and Kilkenny with further work under way in Tipperary, Mayo, Sligo, Longford, and Leitrim.
Recruitment is under way for new positions across various disciplines, ranging from FTTH Design Engineers, GIS Technicians, Field Surveyors and Project Managers as well as supporting roles to be based in Kilkenny city.
Work is also in progress to establish a design support centre in Poland to meet the company's European expansion plans.
According to Entegro CEO Jim Doyle, the company is delighted to be involved in "such an ambitious and vital project" as the National Broadband Plan.
"It will provide much-needed, future-proofed connectivity in rural Ireland. Through the NBI contract and ongoing work with existing clients such as Virgin Media IE, Siro, Fibrus NI, Cityfibre UK and Century Link US we are helping people to work remotely and we are sustaining jobs locally.
"Covid has presented challenges but the entire entegro team has really stepped up to the mark and without their professionalism, hard work and teamwork, our continued success and growth would not have been possible."
The company is also involved in projects in the UK and further afield and the expansion into Poland will support works in Kilkenny and help meet the global demand for digital networks services.
The new hub is expected to be up and running in the coming months.
The full deployment of the National Broadband Plan will take five to seven years and will involve constructing approximately 146,000km of fibre cable to connect over one million people in the 537,000 homes, farms, schools and businesses in the roll-out area.