Start up week – Oct 5 to 10

Today marks the start of Start-up week in Ireland. Ireland has done an impressive job of attracting established Silicon Valley companies to establish their European headquarters in the Emerald Isle. They have now set their sights on establishing themselves as an innovation hub by 2020.

I flew into Dublin on Saturday to join my partner, Ben Maguire for Start-Up week. The week-end was for adjusting for jet lag, getting caught up, watching some football and WorldCup rugby. Here is Ben in front of the local Dundalk Enterprise Ireland office where we have started talks

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Sunday was a bright, warm sunny day and we toured around Dundalk, home of the FAI champion Lilywhites (who will be playing in the FAI Cup final again this year against Cork City !) and we finished up at the Spirit Store for some Guiness and traditional Irish music.

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It was wonderful and reminded me of the céilidh parties in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland back in Canada. All ages we are at the pub, players joined in the fun, adding their guitars, flutes, fiddles and accordians to the mix. The jovial atmosphere had us making new friends and reconnecting with old, including the former trombone player of the Benny Maguire All-Stars orchestra !

Today we are off to Dublin as we are booked in the Silcon Stroll. Looking forward to meeting some Irish start-ups and seeing how the entrepreneurial culture here compares and contrasts with Waterloo and the Bay Area. Follow us along on twitter @TimoVainionpaa

The Pros and Cons of Doing Business in Ireland


This was published on the IrishCentral website on April 16, 2015

Stephen Mullan, vice president of emerging business at the IDA (Industrial Development Agency) Ireland, outlined some of the advantages that Ireland offers to businesses.

“Ireland is an ideal entry point for businesses seeking access to the European Union and its population of more than 300 million people. Businesses with operations in Ireland benefit from barrier-free access to the EU’s 28 member countries and its four freedoms – free movement of goods, capital, services, and people,” Mullan said.

More than 1,000 multinational companies have chosen Ireland as their strategic European base. The Emerald Isle has one of the world’s lowest nominal corporate tax rates, 12.5 percent for active businesses.

Other advantages are its predominately young workforce, with a median population age of 35 – the lowest in the EU – and a higher percentage of post-secondary graduates than the U.S. or the U.K.

However, Mullan cautioned that there must be “a legitimate business reason” for wanting to locate in Ireland.

“The country’s low corporate tax rate should be among the considerations–but cannot be the sole reason,” he said. 
Business seeking to be considered for financial incentives must satisfy the IDA that the assistance is necessary to ensure the establishment or development of the operation and that it is both commercially viable and will provide new employment.

Read the full article here at

Updated rates

Amitel is alive and well. It has been quiet on the blog front as we have been busy on many exciting initiatives. I am pleased to announce that we have revamped our rate structure with an overwhelming majority of the changes being decreases, effective on November 1, 2013. Here are the highlights;

* Canada (except for NorthwestTel area) and United States calls (including Alaska and Hawaii) falls to 2.9 cents per minute

* There are sixty destinations at 3.9 cents per minute including ;
Argentina (Buenos Aires), Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile (Santiago), Chine, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia , Cyprus ,Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Guam, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Isreal, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Martinique, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal,, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, U.S. Virgin Islands, United Kingdom, Venezuela

* We have lowered rates to calling mobile phones across the board. For example, calling a cellphone in the United Kingdom is now 5.9 cents a minute, in Malta 9.9 cents a minute. Now you no longer have to pause on calling a mobile, it is just as affordable as calling a land-line.

* There are a handful of increases, due to rising wholesale costs of termination. Most notable is Tanzania as the termination cost has doubled over the last few months.

We are pleased to be able to offer your premium quality service at these competitive rates. Feel free to share your thoughts with us here on the blog or on our Facebook or LinkedIn pages.

Your Friend in Telecom, Amitel .

CITC is now Amitel !

We are proud to announce the rebranding of our Company to Amitel. This rebrand reflects the expansion of our Company’s services and product offerings and our move online and into social media.

We will continue to provide the premium quality international long distance service to you, our Customers who demand excellence. This we do at a fair and reasonable price that provides value and savings compared to the traditional phone companies.

Amitel now provides its direct dial long distance service for your home or business lines all across Canada. Choose Amitel as your preferred long distance carrier regardless of who your local telephone service provider is. Keep your bundle with Bell or Rogers but have your overseas calls, all long distance, come to Amitel’s service directly.

Amitel has also expanded its dial-up service from beyond the Greater Toronto Area to include Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, London, Hamilton, Kitchener/Waterloo, Ottawa and Montreal. Many of you enjoy our premium quality and savings by accessing this service from your cellular phones and home phones. The coming months will see us adding more services too. From convenient flat rate monthly calling packages to smartphone apps that will make accessing Amitel even easier from an iPhone, BlackBerry or Android smartphones.

Visit us online at . The site provides more information about Amitel services, rates and portal numbers. The website also provides access to Myamitel, which will allow you to log-in to your account to access your most recent invoices and to update your billing information. Please follow and “like” us on social media;

Twitter @TimoVainionpaa

The on-line and telephone banking arrangements will be changing on July 4, 2013. After July 4 you will need to change the Payee to “Amitel”. Your bank will have all the information to assist you. Use the six-digit customer number near the top right hand corner of the invoice to identify your payment so that we can credit your account accordingly. Our mailing address remains the same. We continue to encourage our Customers to enroll for email billing to save the costs of paper, printing, envelopes and postage. We also encourage you to enroll for automated payment with a credit card or debit card for peace of mind. Never have to worry about late payment fees with automated payment!

May I take this opportunity, on behalf of Khurshid, Hasan and myself, to thank you for your continued support. We are committed to providing outstanding service and value to you, our Customers, and earning your patronage and loyalty every day.

Yours sincerely,

Timo Vainionpää
President, Amitel