SIRO, the ESB and Vodafone joint venture, will update Kilkenny County Council (Kilkenny City East and Kilkenny City West Municipal Districts) today on the roll-out of their 1 Gigabit (1,000Mbps) broadband network in Kilkenny City.

SIRO’s rollout has commenced in the Lintown, Lakeview and Johnswell Road areas. When construction is completed approximately 12,800 homes and business premises in Kilkenny will have access to SIRO’s 100% fibre-optic broadband network. As SIRO is an open access wholesale provider, customers will purchase broadband services from one of SIRO’s retail partners such as Vodafone when service goes live at the end of the year.

Aoife Ni Lochlainn of SIRO said: “SIRO is delighted to be bringing 100% fibre optic broadband to the people of Kilkenny City, a development that will be as transformative as the rollout of electricity was 70 years ago. The internet is now at the centre of or lives, whether it’s talking to our loved ones overseas, streaming movies, or selling products to the farthest corners of the globe. Having the same Gigabit connectivity as a city like Tokyo means that Kilkenny City will experience the latest advances in online education and entertainment, with local Kilkenny entrepreneurs and businesses able to bring their ideas to life, trading effortlessly around the world.”

Using the existing ESB network, SIRO delivers fibre optic cables all the way to the building. This technology, known as Fibre-to-the-Building, has no copper connections at any point to slow down the network and delivers 1 Gigabit speeds.

The SIRO network now covers 100,000 premises, with services now live or under construction in 25 towns across the country including Dundalk, Carrigaline, Sligo, Letterkenny, Tralee, Cavan, Wexford, Skibereen, Drogheda, Mullingar, Portlaoise, Ennis, Castlebar, Westport, Limerick, Newbridge, Carlow, Swords, Balbriggan, Bray, Greystones, Athlone, Killarney, Shannon and Mallow.

SIRO is offered on an open-access basis to all telecoms retailers in Ireland. SIRO has formed partnerships with Vodafone, BT, enet, Carnsore Broadband, Digiweb, Vodafone, Skytel and WestNet, with more retailers expected to come on board as the company drives competition in the wholesale broadband market.

To register for updates about SIRO, visit www.siro.ie.

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