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Vodafone investing in new Irish Government network

Vodafone Ireland is investing some €5 million as part of a new deal with the Irish Government to upgrade the current pubic sector network

Under this contract, the company will provide a new fibre-optic network capable of speeds up to 10 gigabits per second, upgrading the current public sector Information and Communications Technology (ICT) network.

This is part of the Public Service Reform Plan, a program that aims to reduce Government spending.

Rather than just cutting costs, the Irish Government wants to implement new ways of delivering public sector services.

At the moment, the problem is that the public sector operates a variety of ICT structures. With different applications and operating systems, the cost of managing this kind of network can be very expensive.

This fragmentation can also act as a barrier to interdepartmental communication and effective transfer of data.

The new Vodafone system aims to address these issues. The company will connect the core points of the network first, expanding the program to encompass all key public sector entities over the next 3 years.

With a fixed high-speed fibre-optic network in place, access to new cloud-based services will improve data transfer speeds.

Anne O’Leary, Vodafone Ireland’s CEO, said it would also improve efficiencies in the management of the public sector ICT network. The new system will also make communication more effective between different departments.

Although Vodafone may take up to 3 years to complete the project, some parts of the public sector may be connected as early as 2014.

At a time when the Irish Government is implementing a wide range of austerity measures, this new approach will reduce the overall operating costs of its ICT network.

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