Almost 200 jobs are set to be created thanks to two tech company expansions in Dublin.
Chinese telecoms company Huawei has opened a new research and development office at the IFSC which is expected to recruit up to 50 people over the next year.
This will bring to 120 the total number of Huawei employees working in R&D in Ireland.
The company has other R&D locations in Dublin, Cork and Athlone and it has been in Ireland since 2004 and works with all the major telecom providers here.
The project is supported by the Department of Jobs through IDA Ireland.
Huawei said the new office will expand and enhance research into business innovation, network services, cloud and customer experience.
The company said it has invested €35m in R&D in the Irish economy this year.
Zhou Hong, President of the European Research Institute at Huawei said that each year, the company invests at least 10% of its global revenue in R&D.
“The opening of our newest Dublin facility highlights our long term dedication to investment and opportunities in Ireland’s technology sector. The facility will tap into Dublin’s growing clusters of cloud and technology businesses, nurturing future talent and providing additional new opportunities for highly-skilled professionals,” he said.
IDA Ireland chief executive Martin Shanahan said that the company’s decision to expand its R&D activity here in Ireland is a great endorsement of the country’s highly skilled, well-educated and technologically savvy workforce.
Richard Bruton, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation said that creating “a world-class ecosystem” for scientific research is a key part of the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs.
“Today’s announcement that Huawei, a truly global leader in this sector, is locating a major R&D office in Dublin and creating 50 high-end jobs is a great boost”.
As well as this San Francisco-based data centre developer, Digital Reality Trust has announced the expansion of its first facility within its 10-acre data centre campus at Profile Park, West Dublin.
The 10,000 sq ft extra data centre technical space will complete the first data centre facility at the campus, leaving green field space for future data centre builds.
The project for the entire facility is set to employ up to 120 skilled construction workers during construction phase.
In total, Digital Reality is investing €150m in its Dublin-based data centres.
Mr Shanahan said:
“Seeing Digital Realty expand its facility is a positive sign for Ireland. IDA has been marketing Ireland’s strong data centre infrastructure with clients abroad for some time now. This additional investment from Digital Realty proves, once again, Ireland is a great place to locate data centres.”