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Jobs boost as Irish net traffic sees huge rise

IRISH internet traffic is multiplying by 200pc per year, according to new research.

Critical data-hosting market in Ireland is expanding by 18pc a year. The revelation came as Research Minister Sean Sherlock hailed the expansion of an Internet data centre as vital to ensuring a geographic counterpoint to Dublin-based IT developments.

Cork Internet eXchange (CIX) confirmed it is to create 10 new jobs as part of a €5m expansion of their Hollyhill centre.

The firm will now double its workforce to 24 and, if it secures planning for a further plant expansion, will create a further 20 jobs in 2015.

“Data centres have become the heart of the digital economy. More and more devices with Internet connectivity are being developed and released, meaning that data centres will form the technological backbone to the recovering economy nationally and regionally,” Mr Sherlock said.

The expansion of Ireland’s data-hosting sector - estimated at 18pc per year - is outpacing the growth of the same sector in the UK and Europe.

CIX is a wholesaler to all the leading providers in Ireland and is also exporting data solutions.

It is investing heavily in Cloud’ network-based solutions for both industry and Government agencies.

According to CIX founder Jerry Sweeney: “There has been an explosion of digital technology and generation of digital data in recent years.”