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CONNECT and DCC launch dedicated Telecoms Unit

CONNECT and Dublin City Council has launched a dedicated telecoms project to better deliver innovations’ in high-growth tech areas.

the Unit will offer a ‘one stop shop’ service to support the delivery of telecoms both underground (ducting) and overground (supporting mobile and wireless services). The establishment of the Unit will also assist DCC in meeting its obligations under the ‘European Electronic Communication Code’.

Prof. Dan Kilper, CONNECT Director, commented on the partnership: “Dublin City Council’s vision and leadership in its telecoms and Smart City programs have received global attention. Through our Enable Smart Cities Research Programme and OpenIreland Smart Network, CONNECT works closely with them to deliver innovative solutions for Dubliners and Ireland broadly. The launch of a dedicated Telecoms Unit will strengthen their impact and enable the CONNECT research and education engine to better deliver innovations and build the workforce in these high growth tech areas. We further join with DCC in their commitment to serve all communities equitably.”

The Telecoms Unit within DCC will support the deployment of telecoms, creating a central point of contact within the organisation and allow for better use of DCC owned assets both above and below the ground. The remit of the Unit will ensure that future capital investments and infrastructure projects are ‘telecoms’ proofed. The Unit will work alongside the DCC’s Smart City Team to make sure that there is an associated innovation work programme that will leverage these investments, while also supporting the ambition of the National Digital Strategy.

The establishment of the Telecoms Unit is the culmination of collaborative work with the CONNECT and Telecoms Infra Project (TIP), which is a consortium of telecoms operators internationally working to accelerate the deployment of open and disaggregated network solutions and high-speed wireless connectivity.

Read the full announcement here.

CONNECT is the world leading Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Future Networks and Communications. CONNECT is funded under the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centres Programme and is co-funded under the European Regional Development Fund. We engage with over 35 companies including large multinationals, SMEs and start-ups. CONNECT brings together world-class expertise from ten Irish academic institutes to create a one-stop-shop for telecommunications research, development and innovation.

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