Ireland

Irish data watchdog defends its GDPR actions

The Irish data protection regulator has unveiled a progress report on GDPR on the first anniversary of the rules, perhaps defending itself from a perception of inaction.

Iliad takes a bite of Irish telco Eir

French operator Iliad has teamed up with its founders private investment vehicle, NJJ, to buy a majority stake in Ireland’s largest telco, Eir.

Huawei goes on a road-trip

Networking vendor Huawei’s quest for global domination shows no sign of slowing in the run up to Christmas, with raids on Dublin and Cairo.

Apple in €1.7bn European datacentre move

Apple is planning to build two new large datacentres in Europe – one in Denmark, the other Ireland – to support the company’s mobile-centric cloud services.

Vodafone set to launch TV services in Ireland – report

Vodafone is planning to launch a TV service in Ireland in a bid to compete with UPC, Sky and Eircom, a report in the Independent.ie has claimed. According to the article, the operator has held discussions with several providers, including Sky, and is planning to begin trials of the service before the summer to fully launch by the end of the year

Burberry CEO joins Apple to lead retail strategy

The world’s most stylish tech brand upped its game this week as Angela Ahrendts, CEO of Burberry, announced plans to leave the fashion label and join Apple in a newly created position, as a senior vice president and member of the executive team reporting to CEO Tim Cook.

Vodafone settles tax dispute with HMRC

British operator group Vodafone has claimed its tax policy is fully compliant with the law after it emerged the company had paid a settlement worth millions of pounds to HMRC over tax returns at an Irish subsidiary.

3 to buy O2 Ireland as consolidation drive continues

Hutchison Whampoa, which operates the 3 brand in Europe, has announced that it is to buy Telefónica’s Irish mobile operation O2 for €780m, with a further €70m payable if a number of agreed financial targets are hit. It is the second consolidatory move made by Hutchison in recent months, following the acquisition of Orange Austria, which was completed at the end of 2012.

Eircom to slash 2,000 jobs

Irish fixed line and mobile operator Eircom has announced that it will cut 2,000 of its 5,700 employees over the next 18 months in an aggressive push to cut its operational costs. The firm said that the measures will put it in line with the European average for employees and operational costs.

Skype launches wifi proposition

VoIP provider Skype has set up a public wifi network in the UK and Ireland in a bid to diversify its offering. The firm, acquired by Microsoft in 2011, has teamed up with wifi solutions provider Wicoms to roll out a service called Free Skype WiFi in UK high streets. The service enables shopping malls, retailers and other businesses to deliver public internet access to customers free of charge.

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