An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD and Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Alex White TD today unveiled SIRO as the new brand of ESB and Vodafone Ireland’s fibre broadband joint venture company. As part of the launch, Enda Kenny TD revealed that SIRO will employ 60 people, and a further 200 construction jobs will be supported across Ireland as part of the rollout of the network.

SIRO is investing €450 million in building a 100% fibre-to-the-building broadband network, offering speeds from 200 Mbps to 1000 Mbps to 500,000 premises in fifty regional towns. SIRO will not be a retail product but will offer a wholesale open access network meaning that it will be available to all telecoms operators in Ireland to resell to their customers.

The first ten locations, dubbed Ireland’s first Gigabit towns or “fibrehoods”, to be included in SIRO’s roll-out are Cavan, Dundalk, Westport, Castlebar, Sligo, Carrigaline, Tralee, Navan, Letterkenny and Wexford.  Construction on the network began last September delivering 1 Gigabit speeds to 300 homes in Cavan, and continues this summer. The initial phase of the project, which consists of fifty towns, is expected to be fully rolled-out by the end of 2018 with scope for a second phase that will reach 300 smaller towns.

At the event SIRO also announced its interest in tendering for the National Broadband Plan later this year. SIRO’s fibre-to-the-building broadband network will be deployed on ESB’s existing overhead and underground infrastructure and will be built with 100% fibre optic lines with no copper connection at any point in the network.

Commenting at the launch of SIRO, An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD, said:

“This Government is serious about broadband. High speed broadband is a necessity for all Irish homes and businesses as we connect Ireland to the world and create new jobs. This is why the Government supported the joint venture between ESB and Vodafone to create SIRO. Today’s launch of SIRO will light up Ireland.”

“As a result of this project, 50 regional towns in 26 counties – the equivalent of half a million homes and businesses around Ireland – will have access to a 1 Gigabit 100% fibre broadband connection, putting us on a par for high speed connectivity with leading international hubs, such as Tokyo and Hong Kong.”

“As a result, Ireland’s first Gigabit towns – Cavan, Dundalk, Westport, Castlebar, Sligo, Carrigaline, Tralee, Navan, Letterkenny and Wexford – will ultimately have the same economic opportunities as those that are available in Dublin. I’m also delighted that this new venture will create 60 direct jobs and 200 construction jobs in the development of the new network.”

List of locations included in the first phase

Arklow, Wicklow Letterkenny, Donegal
Athlone, Westmeath Limerick City
Balbriggan, Dublin Little Island, East Cork
Ballina, Mayo Longford, Longford
Ballincollig, Cork Mallow, Cork
Bray, Wicklow Maynooth/Kilcock, Kildare
Carlow, Carlow Midleton, Cork
Carrick-on-Shannon, Leitrim Monaghan, Monaghan
Carrigaline, Cork Mullingar, Westmeath
Castlebar, Mayo Naas/Johnstown/Sallins, Kildare
Cavan, Cavan Navan, Meath
Celbridge, Kildare Newbridge, Kildare
Clonmel, Tipperary Portlaoise, Laois
Cobh, Cork Roscommon, Roscommon
Cork City Shannon, Clare
Drogheda, Louth Skerries/Rush, Dublin
Dundalk, Louth Sligo, Sligo
Ennis, Clare Swords/Malahide/Portmarnock, Dublin
Enniscorthy, Wexford Tralee, Kerry
Galway City Tramore, Waterford
Gorey, Wexford Tullamore, Offaly
Greystones, Wicklow Waterford City
Kilkenny, Kilkenny Westport, Mayo
Killarney, Kerry Wexford, Wexford
Leixlip, Kildare Wicklow, Wicklow

 

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