Year In Technology

December 30, 2013 by  

Year In Technology, It was a good year for jobs in multinational technology firms operating in Ireland. Both Twitter (100 new jobs) and Facebook announced significant expansions in Dublin, with Facebook (which passed through the 500 job mark) switching to a building that can accommodate up to 1,000 people.

Hundreds of jobs came through small IT and web firms such as Dropbox, SQS and Airbnb.

Other incumbents also added jobs, with Microsoft announcing 95 new positions and Google adding a new convention centre to its Dublin city base.

Meanwhile, Intel raised the stakes for Irish IT engineering, with the announcement of a new chip to be fully designed in its Irish facility.

The ˜Quark range of processors are to power Intels next big computing push, focused on the ˜Internet Of Things.

IT was a year when Irish internet speeds jumped and SMS collapsed. In June, 3 Irelands owner, Hutchison Whampoa, agreed to purchase O2 Ireland from debt-laden Telefonica for €700m, possibly rising to €800m. The deal, which would see O2 and its assets rebranded as 3, is still being assessed by the Competition Authority.

If successful, the deal will see 3 jump into second position in the Irish mobile industry, with at least 36pc of the market.

Meanwhile, Eircom entered the fibre broadband market in a bid to compete with cable television and broadband operator UPC. Eircom launched services promising speeds of ˜up to 100Mbs over traditional customer landlines.

The company recently upgraded its promised national coverage footprint to 1.4 million Irish homes and businesses.

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