Irish telecoms provider, Magnet yesterday announced the opening of a new office in Galway to serve businesses across Galway, Mayo, Roscommon, Clare, Limerick, Tipperary, Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal.
Designated as the Magnet’s West of Ireland hub, the office will provide a sales function as well as local account management to companies in the region for Magnet’s full suite of telecoms solutions. These include broadband speeds of up to 350Mb, as well as a range of unique cloud telecom solutions.
“CareerWise Recruitment would like to welcome magnet to Galway and wish then well with their New West of Ireland Hub”
Tom Devaney, Director, CareerWise Recruitment
Established in 2004, Magnet provides broadband, telephony, VoIP, Wi-Fi, hosting and other cloud solutions to both businesses and consumers. Headquartered in Clonshaugh in Dublin, with a new regional office in Galway, Magnet became the first internet service provider to offer a 1Gb internet service through Fibre To The Home (FTTH).
Magnet was also the first telecoms provider in Ireland to launch a cloud telephony solution that allows users to take and make landline calls on regular handsets, PCs, an online portal and a mobile app.
Through its parent company, CVC, it has invested significantly in fibre connectivity to and in Ireland with transatlantic submarine fibre cables and FTTH rollout. Magnet’s London subsidiary, Velocity1, provides broadband to Wembley and Greater West London enabling a smart city initiative. With Aertv, Magnet has also pioneered online TV in Ireland.
The inaugural Magnet Regional Business Barometer*, a study of 600 SMEs in Ireland conducted by Amárach Research last year, revealed the West to have the highest concentration of remote workers. 24% stated they regularly worked from home and 25% on the road. However, take-up of services beneficial to remote working was the lowest when compared to other regions, with only 1% of businesses availing of VoIP, or internet phone.
Heading up the operation is former head of SME sales for Magnet in Dublin, Phil Clapperton. Speaking at the launch in his new role as regional sales director he said:
“The new Galway office is being set up at an ideal time with lots of ambitious local developments underway, from the establishment of the Galway City Innovation District to the redevelopment of the docks area.”
“As a telecoms company with a strong business focus, we want to be in a position to better serve businesses in Galway and surrounding counties with local account management that can efficiently respond to their needs. Furthermore, with such an active remote and mobile working culture, we feel there’s an excellent opportunity to educate businesses about the benefits of cloud services and what Magnet can deliver in that respect.”
Some of Magnet’s existing customers in the region include Macnas, The G Hotel, SmartBay, Merrill Brink and PNO.
Magnet will host a free information evening in the Galway Technology Centre on January 14th, which will look at how companies can transition to and benefit from VoIP and hosted PBX solutions. The event kicks off at 5.30pm and companies who sign up to Magnet Voice can avail of an offer of 6 months free broadband. Full details and registration can be found here.
Tom Devaney set up CareerWise Recruitment in 1999 and has 12 years’ experience in specialist recruitment having recruited for major multinational companies in Ireland.
An active member of CIPD, Tom has served five years on the western CIPD committee.
Prior to setting up CareerWise Recruitment, he worked for Snap-on Equipment where he was the European Materials and Purchasing Manager with international responsibilities. Tom spent a year in the US working on projects with McKinsey & Co. where he developed very strong negotiation and business skills.
His years in purchasing with Thermo King in Galway initiated his very successful career to date.
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