SIRO has today unveiled Carrigaline as Cork’s first SIRO-powered town. The announcement was made at an event in the Carrigaline Court Hotel in association with Cork County Council and the Local Enterprise Office, South Cork.
The rollout of SIRO’s network is currently underway in Carrigaline town and services will be available from broadband retailers this winter. The rollout of SIRO’s network will also be extended to Ballincollig, Cobh, Mallow, Middleton, Little Island and Cork city. TLI Group has been awarded the contract to work with SIRO to build the 100% fibre-optic broadband network and they have created 40 jobs for six months as a result of the work.
SIRO’s key differentiator is that it is a 100% fibre-optic internet connection, making it different and better than any other broadband infrastructure in Ireland, with no copper connection at any point in the network. SIRO’s network will be deployed on the ESB’s existing overhead and underground infrastructure.
Sean Atkinson, CEO of SIRO said: “We’re delighted that Carrigaline will be the first town in Munster to be connected to SIRO’s 100% fibre optic network, with another six towns in Cork included in the first phase of our rollout. Every premises in Carrigaline will receive a 1 Gigabit broadband connection, futureproofing them for the internet services of the future. This means that Carrigaline businesses and residents will have a broadband service that is four times faster than what is available in Dublin and on a par with the most advanced cities in the world. This will play a key role in securing a brighter digital future for Carrigaline, which we are very proud to be a part of.”
Cllr. Seamus McGrath of Cork County Council who chaired the event said: “I am delighted SIRO has selected Carrigaline as one of the first towns to roll out its super powerful, 100% fibre to the building broadband. This presents a great opportunity for Carrigaline and I have no doubt that it will be a very valuable addition to the local infrastructure.”
Today’s announcement follows the August announcement of Skibbereen as a test area for the second phase of SIRO’s rollout. SIRO is also providing 1Gb connectivity to Ludgate Hub, an initiative in Skibbereen which aims to create an entrepreneurial ecosystem in the West Cork region.
SIRO is investing €450 million in building Ireland’s first 100% fibre-to-the-building broadband network, offering 1 Gigabit connectivity to 500,000 premises in fifty regional towns. The rollout is already underway in Sligo city and Dundalk town.
All homeowners and businesspeople in Carrigaline who are interested in receiving updates on the rollout of SIRO should register for further details at www.siro.ie.