New Broadband Firm To Make Ripples In Irish Market

Ennis, Ireland (PressExposure) November 16, 2009 -- A merger of between two Irish Wireless Internet Service Providers, Amocom and Callidus/Omnitel, is expected to create 35 new jobs.

The combined firm, Ripple Communications Limited - 'Ripplecom', has revealed it hopes to increase its workforce from 14 to 50 fulltime employees over the next three years by growing its customer base to 30,000, expanding services to all 26 counties and partnering with industry leaders to provide the best-of-breed services.

Ripplecom began trading earlier this month from its Headquarters in Blackpool, Co Cork, and regional office in Limerick. It currently has 3,100 customers in twelve Counties and operates from 235 wireless access points (WAP). The company's expansion plans are being supported by IFA Telecom while significant funding has been secured from Farmer Business Developments (FBD) to drive customer numbers.

According to Managing Director John McDonnell: "Ripplecom's core focus is to provide broadband connectivity to Residential, SoHo, SME and Corporate customers within an ever expanding footprint and to work with communities to deliver a sustainable broadband service."

Commenting on the merger, Mr. McDonnell noted that Ripplecom would enable Amocom and Callidus/Omnitel to grow more meaningfully than they could on their own.

He continued: "The merger allows us to build a stronger, more resilient company. Through this combination, Ripplecom will increase its presence in the wireless broadband market, where its team of experienced engineers will continue to build a countrywide network and service that is both accessible and cost efficient for business clients and residential customers alike".

Mr. McDonnell noted that Ripplecom's growth would be driven by the demand for its services in urban, semi-urban and rural areas of the country that have limited or no broadband service.

He explained: "The provision of quality broadband is essential for the development of businesses and jobs in communities across Ireland. We are looking forward to expanding our network into other poorly serviced parts of the country as we are very aware that such vital infrastructure is key to attracting investment to these areas".

Prior to the establishment of Ripplecom, Callidus traded as Omnitel with IFA as one of its shareholders. The South County Dublin based company provided broadband services to counties Kilkenny, Carlow, Wicklow, Wexford, Dublin, Laois, Kildare, Meath and Offaly. Cork-based Amocom, meanwhile, serviced counties Cork, Waterford and Clare.

For more on Ripplecom's broadband coverage and pricing arrangements see ripplecom.net, telephone 1890-RIPPLE or email info(at)ripplecom.net.

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Notes To Editor: - For further information please contact Mark Dunphy of Dunphy Public Relations on 00353-868534900 or media(at)dunphypr.com

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Press Release Submitted On: November 16, 2009 at 7:42 am
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