ICT Sector

Executive Summary Overview of the Information & Communication Technology Sector

Regional and Local Overview

  • There are 196 ICT organisations in Galway.
  • Galway is home to 4 of the top 5 ICT companies - IBM, SAP, Oracle and Cisco.
  • There are 90 ICT organisations in Galway City, as categorised by NACE (Rev.2) Codes, with a further 106 ICT companies based in County Galway.
  • Growing indigenous SME ICT companies have real potential to grow a vibrant ICT cluster.
  • There are 2,229 science, research, engineering and technology professionals in Galway City and County in 2011.
  • There are 917 science, engineering and technology associate professionals in Galway City and County in 2011.
  • Oranmore and Tuam are the top two locations for concentration of science, research, engineering and technology professionals and science, engineering and technology associate professionals in 2011.
  • Some 72.8% of households in the Galway city region have broadband connectivity compared to 63.8% nationally.
  • County Galway has a lower percentage of households with broadband compared to Dublin County with 72.8% and County Cork with 64.7%.
  • Some 84 rural communities in Galway are to get high-quality broadband for the first time.
  • Galway has a foothold in the growing cloud computing market through SMEs.
  • The expiration of The National Broadband Scheme means that there are no longer minimum service standards, minimum speeds, orders and installation standards, fault restoration times, engineer visits or service rebates which will impact on County Galway.
  • There is a significant research infrastructure in Galway City - INSIGHT at NUI Galway.
  • There is an array of ICT education provision and incubation support.
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