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Ericsson to hire 250 new staff at Athlone R&D hub amid 5G and cloud computing services expansion

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Sinéad Pillion (left), head of operations at Ericsson Athlone, with Minister of State Robert Troy and Denis Dullea (right), Ericsson's head of R&D in Athlone. Photo: Naoise Culhane

Sinéad Pillion (left), head of operations at Ericsson Athlone, with Minister of State Robert Troy and Denis Dullea (right), Ericsson's head of R&D in Athlone. Photo: Naoise Culhane

Head of R&D Denis Dullea believes the firm will easily recruit the new staff, despite a growing shortage of workers in key sectors, including IT.

Head of R&D Denis Dullea believes the firm will easily recruit the new staff, despite a growing shortage of workers in key sectors, including IT.

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Sinéad Pillion (left), head of operations at Ericsson Athlone, with Minister of State Robert Troy and Denis Dullea (right), Ericsson's head of R&D in Athlone. Photo: Naoise Culhane

Tech giant Ericsson is to hire 250 new staff in Athlone as it expands its 5G and cloud-based services.

The firm is hiring software developers, engineers and architects with cloud computing experience for its research and development (R&D) hub, with the roles to be added over the next three years.

The Athlone facility is the global R&D headquarters for Ericsson’s Operations Support Systems division.

The campus has capacity for the extra hires, with staff also allowed work remotely, Ericsson’s head of R&D in Athlone, Denis Dullea said.

He believes the firm will easily recruit the new staff, despite a growing shortage of qualified workers in key sectors, including IT.

However, he said the Swedish-headquartered firm will also be looking abroad for its new hires.

“We have a very diverse workforce anyway. We have over 1,000 people here already from 48 nationalities. We like to recruit from outside Ireland into Ireland because that’s really important in creating a diverse workforce.

“What we do is pretty cutting edge, technology-wise, and software engineers like to work with cutting-edge technology.”

The firm will also be working with the nearby Technological University of the Shannon to find staff.

The US-listed firm has been in Ireland for over 40 years, and currently employs 1,400 people in the country, with1,200 of those in Athlone.

Ericsson builds and manages telecommunications networks, using 5G, artificial intelligence and cloud-based technology.

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More than 40pc of the world’s mobile traffic passes through Ericsson’s networks.

Tánaiste and Enterprise Minister Leo Varadkar said the new jobs were “a vote of confidence in Athlone and Ireland as a whole”.

Minister of State Robert Troy said the expansion “reaffirms the midlands as a centre of excellence in the ICT sector and cloud technology”.

Martin Shanahan, the chief executive of IDA Ireland, which is supporting Ericsson’s expansion, said the jobs and the associated investment would have “a substantial impact on both the local and regional economy”.

“Today’s significant announcement by Ericsson, a company that has had a presence here in Ireland since 1957, and an R&D facility in Athlone since 1979… The next generation of technology developed at the Athlone facility will set the standard for the industry.”


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