Ireland’s former monopoly operator Eircom has signed a partnership agreement with transatlantic submarine cable provider Hibernia Atlantic to provide direct fibre-optic connectivity from the former’s data centre in Clonshaugh, to the US and Canada. The link will provide North American companies operating in the Republic with greater cost control for connectivity by eradicating expensive connections via the UK or Europe to Ireland, Eircom said in a statement. Commenting on the tie-up, Eircom’s director for business solutions, Andy O’Kelly, said, ‘This is a significant announcement for Eircom as it means that our data centre now sits on the fastest connectivity line to the US and Canada. The ability to move data at the speed of light is crucial in today’s knowledge economy. Data centre users are measuring their data transfer times in terms of milliseconds across the Atlantic and into major European cities from Dublin. The low latency network of Hibernia Atlantic will allow our clients to have confidence in Dublin as a strategic data centre location.’
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