Nortel Networks has created 150 new engineering jobs at its research and development facility in Monkstown, Northern Ireland.
The site specialises in synchronous digital hierachy (SDH) fibre optic multiplexers, which help carry data at up to four times the speed of traditional fibre networks.
The initiative is part of a #4.7 million project between Nortel and Northern Ireland's Industrial Development Board, which will see employment at the centre rise to 525 by 2001.
Despite creating new jobs in Northern Ireland, Nortel is currently shedding 586 other telecomms equipment jobs in the UK, as part of its bid to focus on data and IP technology. A spokesperson at the company's Monkstown site said it is recruiting more people to keep with the expected continued demand for SDH technology.
Nortel has invested around #12 million and created 325 new jobs at Monkstown since 1995. A few weeks ago the centre announced a #2.5 million research project involving the engineering and software departments at Queen's University, Belfast and the University of Ulster.
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