Local internet firm Aptus Broadband is to create 6 jobs as it expands its network infrastructure and broadband coverage. The company, which is based in Carlow, plans to expand its team to 20 people locally. The new roles will include sales and marketing, customer support and engineers.

Founded in 2006, Aptus is a leading broadband provider in rural areas across Carlow and south-east Ireland providing high-speed broadband and telecom services to rural homes and businesses in Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford, Waterford, Wicklow, Laois, Tipperary, and Kildare.

Aptus CEO, Fergal Kearney said, “Aptus is focused on expanding its network infrastructure, broadband coverage and product offering to bring increased speeds and value to our customers. We are delighted to be able to further expand our teams and customer base as a result of significant network upgrades.”

In September 2018, Aptus announced new broadband speeds of up to 100mbps for homes and businesses in rural areas. The firm undertook a new brand identity project and streamlined its product offerings to meet growing consumer demands for data and speed.

The company has set an ambitious 20% growth target for its customer base over the next 12 months, which will be largely driven by these new superfast speeds.

Brian O’Farrell, CEO of County Carlow Chamber commented “We are delighted to hear the news from Aptus Broadband on the developments in the company and the jobs that are being created. The company provides a valuable service, helping to ensure businesses, homes and communities can access a quality high speed connection. Rural Communities are at the heart of Carlow and we are always delighted to see new jobs being created to help support and grow these communities.”