Virgin Media Business announces major partnership deal
with INNOVATE - the IT solutions people

Sustainable Solution Delivers Smarter Way of Working

Gorey nominated as Ireland’s Digital Town for 2018


October 25th 2018: Virgin Media Business today announced a strategic link up with Irish company INNOVATE, a leading managed IT and Cloud service provider, to provide the complete ICT solutions for their business customers to bring them beyond connectivity to digital transformation.

The deal promises to redefine what an enterprise provider offers, and will lead to office connections running at Gig speed, optimising application performance and reducing network connectivity costs.


The announcement was made at the same time Gorey was nominated as Ireland’s Digital Town and was chosen for cultivating a truly digital environment in the town, and for its ongoing successes in fully embracing digital for its residents and local businesses.


Paul Farrell, Commercial Vice President at Virgin Media Business, said: “We belong to a family of restless entrepreneurs.  We’re not conventional but are driven by a common purpose to change business for good. “


“We help businesses and industry alike to build a network and connectivity platform that helps boost performance and supports business growth.  Our partnership with INNOVATE provides us with the necessary capability to allow businesses to digitally transform, and leverage new technology. It can also lead to sustainable ways of working smarter in this digital age.”


Jim Hughes, CEO of Innovate said: “Innovate’s managed ICT solutions brings together an enterprise-grade SD-WAN network connectivity solution, powered by Cisco, with rapid and resilient connectivity by Virgin Media Business and INNOVATE’s technical expertise to enable more secure, consistent and cost-effective enterprise connections.


“This partnership with Virgin Media Business and Cisco, uniquely positions us in the market to provide rapid and resilient SD-WAN network connectivity and cloud solutions to business customers to support their digital transformation. Together we are transforming technology to unlock their business growth.”


Michael D’Arcy, TD, Minister of State at the Department of Finance and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, said:Ninety per cent of private-sector employment comes from SMEs, therefore it is important Irish businesses are given the best start.  Today focuses on Gorey being awarded the Digital Town for cultivating a truly digital environment and for embracing the digital transformation from its residents and local businesses. 


“I do believe we collectively have to work together as Government and industry to maximise the potential that the digital economy presents.  Virgin Media’s significant network investment and partnership with Innovate has delivered the infrastructure to Gorey, the commitment is here and building awareness over next two to three years will be critical to help business take advantage of digital technologies.”


Virgin Media continues to contribute to Ireland’s Digital Transformation through our national Project Lightning network investment programme. Virgin Media has extended its ultrafast network to towns across Ireland including Gorey that are benefiting from our ongoing network expansion programme which is connecting local communities to Ireland’s fastest broadband provider. Over the past two years, Virgin Media has added 100,000 new homes and businesses to its network map in Ireland and is on target to reach the 1 million milestone over the next 2 years.




Further Information


Anna-Maria Barry / Virgin Media / 0862272072


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