SIRO today announced that it is partnering with Sky Ireland to deliver high speed fibre services to consumers in 2018.
Having established a broadband subscriber base of 180,000 customers since entering the Irish broadband market in 2013, Sky Ireland has added more net subscriptions during this period than any other broadband retailer, making it the fastest growing broadband provider in the country. The decision to offer services powered by SIRO supports Sky’s roadmap for increased on-demand content services, which all require high broadband bandwidth.
Using the existing ESB network, SIRO services are delivered by fibre-optic cables all the way to the home. This technology, known as Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH), can deliver download speeds of up to 1 Gigabit per second.
Commenting on the new partnership, Sean Atkinson, SIRO CEO, said: “Consumer interest in on-demand content is skyrocketing, which means that households need more powerful broadband connectivity if they want to enjoy the future of entertainment. SIRO is building the only 100% fibre-optic network in Ireland, which means that people using our services are guaranteed the best broadband experience in the country as there is nothing faster than the speed of light. We’re very proud in this respect that Sky has chosen to partner with us to help fulfil its broadband ambitions in Ireland.”
JD Buckley, Managing Director, Sky Ireland, said: “This deal with SIRO reflects our continued commitment to investment in infrastructure in Ireland and will mean our customers will enjoy ultra-fast gigabit connectivity which will transform the way they use Sky and consume content. We want our customers to have the fastest available speeds to the widest possible footprint across Ireland and SIRO are an important strategic partner in helping us realise that goal.”
The SIRO network now covers over 110,000 premises, with services now live or under construction in 25 towns across the country including Dundalk, Carrigaline, Sligo, Letterkenny, Tralee, Cavan, Wexford, Skibbereen, Drogheda, Mullingar, Portlaoise, Ennis, Castlebar, Westport, Limerick, Newbridge, Carlow, Swords, Balbriggan, Bray, Greystones, Athlone, Killarney, Shannon and Mallow.