King Communications are at the cutting edge of the mobile revolution in Ireland with stores from Cavan to Wexford, employing 80 people.
There were great celebrations last Thursday, when the expansive new Cavan Town store was officially opened.
It is all of 20 years since Philip King took the giant leap of faith to open his Cavan store, having already established his first store in his home town of Killeshandra.
In those formative days, he had the foresight to link up with Vodafone and two decades later, King Communications and Vodafone are taking the mobile communications world by storm with great futuristic offerings.
Philip told The Anglo-Celt that himself and all the team are so grateful for all the loyal support they have received over the years from their customers.
King Communications has always been located in or around Townhall Street for the past 20 years and, when Philip identified the new location, he took into account that it faces onto both the Main Street and Townhall Street.
“We were very happy to purchase this premises and turn it into a Vodafone retail store,” he said.
He revealed that the link-up between Vodafone and SIRO has provided excellent broadband coverage in Cavan Town. “It allows fantastic speeds and a full film can be down loaded in a few seconds... If you get broadband right, people will stay in their local towns and work locally. It will lead to a young population living in rural Ireland and supporting the local economy,” said Philip.
He added that Vodafone has been buying up fixed-line providers all across Europe. “They are in the fixed line market now and TV is their future goal.
“They have two TV packages on offer at present – one at €25 and the other at €35. If you are a new customer, you will get those packages free for the first six months, when you take broadband with Vodafone for the first time,” explained Philip.
In relation to the trends in the mobile industry, Philip said that the Irish “have conquered the voice and texting phenomenon and now the big thing is data”.
“We are very lucky – we have a great workforce and I want to thank my family and employees for their ongoing support and encouragement. There is great teamwork in King Communications,” he added.
Philip is married to Elizabeth and they have a family of four - Paddy and Ailish who are actively involved in the business and also Sinead and Stephanie.
“The future looks bright in Cavan Town and the traders are very proactive, as is the county council,” said Philip.
He suggested, however, that the local authority could overhaul the paid parking system in the town to boost business, citing Roscommon as an example.
“We need to look at how user friendly the paid for parking is in Cavan Town at present – the retailers are supporting the town by paying rates and the customers are also supporting by paying parking fees – it is a vicious circle. I maintain that shoppers should be allowed to park for 20 minutes without having to put money in a meter. I think a little bit more consideration should be afforded to the business people, when it coming to parking regulations,” he contended.
There will be great offers available in King Communications in the coming weeks.
For example, customers buying fixed line products, King Communications will be giving €100 off phone upgrade to the Vodafone network.
Keith Daly, head of sales with Vodafone Ireland told The Anglo-Celt: “This is a big day for us in Cavan – we brought super fast broadband into Cavan this time last year. It was one of the first towns in Ireland to get SIRO Broadband.
“This new King Communications shop has SIRO, so customers can actually walk in here and experience what it is really like in practice.
“It is a huge investment by Vodafone and the ESB and partners like King Communications are bringing it to the people. “They are doing a great job and there is a great buzz here today,” said Mr Daly.
To celebrate the opening of their new store, King Communications has given us a smartphone to give away. To be in with a chance to win a Samsung Galaxy J3, answer the following question and send your entry to ‘King competition, The Anglo-Celt, Station House, Cavan’: What anniversary is King Communications celebrating in Cavan Town?