Press Release 19 Dec 2014

Cork, December 19th 2014  - IDA welcomes the announcement today that Hibernia Networks have committed to landing a direct connection of its Express International Tier 1 connection to Cork via a new landing station.

Hibernia owns and operates four diverse cable landings and provides six different routes connecting Ireland to North America and Europe on its wholly owned and operated infrastructure. Hibernia’s newest Point of Presence (PoP) at Cork Internet Exchange (CIX) is also located in Cork.

Hibernia originally announced its intention to construct a transatlantic submarine fibre optic cable network from New York to London offering the Fastest Route from North America to Europe at Sub 60ms back in September 2010 under Project Express. The addition of a spur to connect to Cork was driven by demand from IDA client companies.  

Speaking at today’s launch, IDA’s Regional Manager for Ireland South, Ray O’Connor, said the connection of Express to Ireland significantly enhances Ireland and Cork’s proposition as a location for data-intensive businesses in the tech sector: “The addition of this key element of infrastructure will add greatly to Ireland’s value proposition and further position us as an attractive location for Foreign Direct Investment as well as incentivising established businesses to develop and grow. It also provides a significant and welcome economic boost for Cork.”                                                          

The addition of this key element of infrastructure will add greatly to Ireland’s value proposition and further position us as an attractive location for Foreign Direct Investment as well as incentivising established businesses to develop and grow. It also provides a significant and welcome economic boost for Cork.

Ray O'Connor, IDA’s Regional Manager for Ireland South

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