SIRO, the ESB-Vodafone joint venture which is rolling out a fibre-optic broadband network to 50 towns nationwide, has unveiled Dundalk as Ireland’s first SIRO-powered town. The announcement was made at an event in Louth County Museum in Dundalk, in association with Louth County Council, which was officially opened by Minister of State for Business and Employment Ged Nash TD.

The rollout of SIRO’s network is currently underway in Dundalk and services will be available from broadband retailers from autumn this year. Over 800 homes and businesses in the Coes Road area will be the first to be offered the service, with an opportunity to participate in a trial from the end of September. All homeowners and businesspeople within Dundalk town who are interested in receiving SIRO should register at www.siro.ie.

SIRO’s key differentiator is that it is a 100% fibre-optic internet connection, with no copper connections at any point in the network. Consumers, businesses, community groups and service providers will be able to avail of 1Gbps internet connections.

Sean Atkinson, CEO of SIRO said, “SIRO will revolutionise the broadband experience in Dundalk town. Our 100% fibre optic network, which delivers fibre broadband directly to the home, without the need for copper, provides speeds of 1 GB. This is a first for Ireland. SIRO will mean that anyone starting a business in Dundalk will be able to compete not just at a national level, but at an international level. It will mean that students will be able send large files instantly, that families can download a movie in a few seconds and that working from home is a real prospect for employees. It will mean a completely new internet for Dundalk. Dundalk has a vibrant local economy and a growing digital future, which we are delighted to be a part of.”

To register interest in SIRO, see here: www.siro.ie

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