Around 500 Microsoft staff in Ireland are to get broadband access at home to increase productivity among teleworkers or those working outside office hours.
Microsoft Ireland plans to roll-out the service to an initial 500 users in what it says is the largest corporate provision of broadband of this kind in the country.Esat BT has already begun connecting employees and will continue to roll-out the high speed online service to the initial 500 staff over the coming months. Although the concept of working from home is an attractive one to many employees and employers, Microsoft said that, in reality, it can often be hampered by teleworkers having slow and costly internet connections that can negate the benefits of teleworking.
"This initiative will enable Microsoft Ireland's teleworkers to access and send data securely and quickly, which will help them to work quicker and smarter," Esat BT chief executive Bill Murphy said.
The workers will be using Esat BT's residential ADSL service, which provides users with an "always-on" internet connection at speeds of up to 512 kilobytes per second, 10 times faster than standard dial-up.