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Jobs ahoy as Mayo’s major transatlantic cable touches down

Killala in Co Mayo welcomed Ireland’s first direct transatlantic fibre optic cable earlier today (14 August), bringing with it the potential to create “thousands of jobs” on the back of increased data centre and cloud capabilities.

Earlier this week, Cork tapped into a cable linking the US with the UK, which in itself was a major deal, bringing additional support to a part of the country home to the likes of Apple, IBM and EMC – major data centres.

Mayo has gone one step further, though, with the Connacht county now Europe’s entry point to a vastly superior service when construction is completed by next year.

The 5,475km subsea cable is owned and operated by Irish company Aqua Comms and cost US$300m.

‘This new digital infrastructure is essential to help create new jobs and new business opportunities across Ireland’ – AN TAOISEACH ENDA KENNY

A world of opportunities from Mayo

Although it links Mayo with New York, the whole country will benefit, with connections from the west of Ireland eventually spreading over all of Ireland, into the UK and on to Europe.

The cable will also include stubbed branching units for other future landings, similar to how Cork got in on the Hibernia Express cable.

This cable, called AEConnect, can support the entire European and American traffic currently in existence, and can handle more if it needs to.

“The development of new digital infrastructure is essential to help create new jobs and new business opportunities across Ireland,” said An Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

“This transatlantic cable is a remarkable project which has extensive positive implications for Mayo and the west, potentially opening up the entire region for new investment.”

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