Telecommunications and Internet Federation appoints BT’s O’Neill
1 September 2014 | 0
The IBEC representative body for the electronic communications industry and its members, the Telecommunications and Internet Federation (TIF), has appointed BT Ireland Chief Executive Colm O’Neill as its new chairperson.
TIF represents companies involved in broadcasting, cable, data centres, fixed, fixed wireless, internet, mobile, satellite and wireless internet as well as equipment manufacturers and network providers.
“Communications technology has transformed our working and social lives and is at the heart of Ireland’s innovation economy,” said O’Neill. “The members of TIF are committed to ensuring that Ireland remains a globally competitive economy and this is evident in the industry’s €2.5 billion investment in Ireland’s telecommunications infrastructure over the past five years.
“I’m proud to represent an industry that employs 20,000 professionals, who deliver mission critical services every day. From fibre broadband rollout, to 4G capability, to data centres and cloud based services, this industry is the linchpin that provides instant connectivity to people, services, entertainment and information on demand.
“In my role as chairman of TIF,” said O’Neill, “I’m committed to supporting the goals we have set out to achieve as a group, and creating greater awareness of the critical role that the industry plays in improving society through communications technology.”
O’Neill joined BT in 2009 as managing director for business, with responsibility for driving the company’s growth in the business and government sectors. He was appointed chief executive in September 2011, having held also held previous roles in EMC and PwC.
It is estimated that the telecommunications and internet industry here employs 20,000, generates 3% of total tax revenue and accounts for 1.8% of GNP.