Ericsson is hiring 250 people ‘to support 5G growth’

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Ericsson has announced plans to hire 250 people at its R&D centre to work on projects that will “support 5G growth”.

The roles will be based at the Swedish vendor’s R&D centre in Athlone, Ireland. Ericsson’s software development campus is one of the country’s largest.

“Today’s significant announcement by Ericsson, a company that has had a presence here in Ireland since 1957 and an R&D facility in Athlone since 1979 is terrific news and demonstrates this global leader’s continued commitment to its operations here,” said Martin Shanahan, CEO of Irish foreign investment agency IDA (Industrial Development Agency).

“The next generation of technology developed at the Athlone facility will set the standard for the industry. These jobs and the associated investment will have a substantial impact on both the local and regional economy. I wish Ericsson every success with this expansion, and I want to assure the team of IDA Ireland’s continued support.”

The 250 roles will focus on cloud-native software developers, engineers, and architects at all career stages.

“This announcement underscores our global reputation as a world-class R&D software development centre. Our team here already play a critical role in the development of Ericsson products, services, and solutions that enable Ericsson to deliver limitless connectivity that makes the unimaginable possible,” commented Denis Dullea, Head of Research and Development at Ericsson Athlone.

“We are hiring an additional 250 software developers, engineers and architects with cloud-native skills to enhance our capability to deliver the benefits of cloud-native technologies to our global customer base via our RAN, Management, Automation, and Orchestration offerings.”

Ericsson will hire its 250 new staff over the next three years. The company’s overall presence in Ireland has already grown 25 percent over the past five years and now employs 1,400 people.

“This is really great news. Ericsson is expanding further, adding 250 new jobs to the 1400 the company already employs here,” said Leo Varadkar, Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade & Employment.

“These new jobs are in new areas in cloud-native technologies, providing some really exciting opportunities for the Midlands. It truly is a vote of confidence in Athlone and Ireland as a whole that such an internationally renowned company has chosen to make this investment.

“Thank you to Ericsson for their continuing commitment to our country and the Irish-based team who I know were crucial in the decision to bring this investment to Ireland.”

(Image Credit: Ericsson)

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