4site unveil new ‘Fibre Centre of Excellence’ headquarters in Limerick following €250,000 investment

  • 20 new jobs to come on stream at expanded facility
  • Minister Denis Naughten officially opens 4site ‘Fibre Centre of Excellence’

4site, the leaders in designing, building and maintaining network infrastructure for owners and operators of distributed networks across Ireland and the UK, has invested €250,000 in their headquarters in Limerick to create Ireland’s first ‘Fibre Centre of Excellence’.

Established in 2002, 4site currently employs 70 highly skilled professionals and the company now plans to expand their team further by adding 20 additional positions over the coming months.

4site provides innovative engineering solutions for major infrastructural developments in telecommunications, power, renewables and multi-site networks. Clients include Vodafone, SIRO, Cignal, Huawei, Netshare, 2RN (RTE), Three, Ericsson, Nokia and enet. Their highly skilled in-house technical teams design, survey, build and maintain world-class communications networks, adapting technology, tools and processes to deliver reliable and future-proofed turnkey services for clients.

The new 4site ‘Fibre Centre of Excellence’ will bring together the expertise of fibre design, survey and planning engineers who will continually innovate how fibre networks are designed and delivered, while also focusing on specialised training for graduate engineers to meet not just the current demands, but future 5G or next generation network developments. In fact, the company offers a very successful graduate programme, complete with their own specially created training programmes, to upcoming graduates from Limerick Institute of Technology, University of Limerick and further afield.

As well as a wealth of expertise in fibre technology, 4site also has considerable experience in the planning, design and build of wireless networks. The company recently worked on the development of a 5G ready network in Aberdeen, which will help turn the location into the UK’s first ‘smart city’. The new infrastructure comprises a network of small cells attached to street furniture such as lamp posts and traffic lights connecting key areas in the city centre into a central hub site. 4site is also working with some of its Irish clients in developing similar shared networks.

The company also prides itself on its design-led thinking and using clever and innovative technology to drive efficiency for clients. One example of this is their new customised mobile App, developed in conjunction with Esri Ireland, which has resulted in a 50% reduction in data collection time and a 25% reduction in planning and design turn-around time – meaning significant cost and time efficiencies for clients.

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Minister Denis Naughten, attended the opening of the new 4site ‘Fibre Centre of Excellence’ today, February 7th, and said: 4site’s business is a vital part of the larger telecommunications industry in Ireland. It is a real example of a company spotting gaps in their industry and applying expertise and new technologies to find practical solutions. A particular example that strikes me is 4site’s app, developed with Esri Ireland, which reduces engineering time and increases accuracy for the design and build of fibre networks. Innovations of this nature are important given the Government’s high priority of the National Broadband Plan and the on-going work of the Mobile Phone and Broadband Taskforce.” 

Ian Duggan, CEO of 4site, says: This is a very exciting time for our business. Insatiable demand for bandwidth and rapid developments in technology are pushing the limits of existing communications networks. The pressure to roll out advanced networks is huge and we are delighted to provide smart and effective solutions that speed up delivery time for the service providers bringing fibre to homes, businesses and existing wireless networks. Our Fibre Centre of Excellence brings together our skills in fixed and wireless networks and our focus on doing things smarter, as well as ensuring we continue to innovate and develop the tools, thinking and people to deliver for our customers on a global stage.” 


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