Satellite ground infrastructure provider taps into Killarney region

Employment, Technology | Tue 5 Jul | Author – Business & Finance
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iDirect, a leader in satellite-based IP communications technology, today announced it will establish an Engineering and Innovation Centre in Killarney, Ireland.

According to IDA Ireland, Ireland today employs more than 37,000 in ICT and is the home to nine of the world’s top 10 companies in this industry.

iDirect established its presence in Ireland following its 2014 acquisition of intellectual property (IP) from locally based Altobridge.

The new engineering roles that will be created at the facility will focus on software, firmware, hardware, radio frequency and systems engineering technologies.

Mary Cotton, CEO, iDirect, said: “Satellite connectivity requires some of the best engineers in the world lending their unique set of skills to help solve highly critical challenges. And as the demand for satellite continues to accelerate around the globe, the continued expansion of engineering resources will be required in order to further its development.”

She continued: “At iDirect, we are always looking for exceptional engineering talent, and we are thrilled to be opening a new Engineering and Innovation Centre right in the heart of Ireland, a country that is rich in talented, highly skilled technical engineers.”

IDA Ireland’s CEO Martin Shanahan commented: “This is a unique technology project in a regional location like Killarney. It will be a valuable addition to the telecommunications sector in Ireland, and will be well positioned to respond to continuous growth in demand for satellite technologies in the EMEA region. The availability of appropriate technology talent and skills in the south-west was an important consideration for the company and points to county Kerry being an excellent location for other companies in the sector. I wish the company every success here.”