Posts Tagged ‘Technology’


The availability of the iPhone on the Vodafone network may be nigh but does Ireland have the infrastructure to cope with this shift to mobility when it comes to surfing the Web?

A cautionary tale from the UK could easily apply to Ireland – if not more so given the truly appalling development of broadband here and the disproportionate reliance on mobile dongles.

The Sunday Times reports phone networks in Britain are beginning to clog up, causing outages and losses in speed. This was first noticed, strangely enough, after o2, the UK’s biggest network, lost exclusivity to the iPhone over Christmas.

“During the 18 months that o2 had an exclusive contract with the iPhone, the amount of traffic sent over its data network increased 20-fold,” the newspaper reports, warning “the really big increase is yet to come”.

“The amount of network traffic generated by just one average-length YouTube video is the equivalent of a staggering 500,000 text messages,” it says.

The solution? More masts. Now, what are the chances of that happening anytime soon given our planning laws?


It’s not all doom and gloom out there – and certainly not for a group of entrepreneurs who have just sold their Letterkenny-based technology start-up for $20m.

Iontas, a firm specialising in business process systems, has been sold to US company Vermint Systems, according to The Sunday Business Post. The deal comprises a cash payment of $14.8m and the remainder in earn-outs for the key personnel in the company over the next two years.

The Iontas founders and management will net more than €6m for the 30% stake they retain in the company. They include chairman and chief executive Joe Stockton and chief technical officer Martin McCreesh.

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