SIRO and Huawei have successfully tested a technology known as XGS-PON on SIRO’s 100% fibre-optic network, delivering speeds of up to 10 Gigabits per second. This technology is the roadmap of SIRO services, which will future proof Ireland broadband requirements.

The successful trial is the result of the ongoing partnership between SIRO and Huawei, with the global ICT leader’s technology playing a key role in SIRO’s plans to deliver a new era in Ultra-Broadband speeds. With trials of the XGS-PON technology continuing, it is envisaged that it would appeal to businesses with high data demands such as hi-tech multinationals or banks.

Ronan Whelan, SIRO Commercial Director, said, “What is exciting about this trial is that these blistering fast speeds have been obtained using the exact same network that carries SIRO’s 100% fibre-optic broadband services to homes and businesses across Ireland. All we are doing is changing the electronics at either end, with no further construction required. To put this capability into perspective, a 10 Gigabit broadband connection would be able to transfer 1 Gigabit of data in 0.8 seconds. That’s a movie downloaded in a second. We see the speed & reliability limitations of copper networks & this trial proves how important fibre network rollouts are to provide the platform for growth in Ireland. SIRO can & will evolve towards Multi Gigabit speeds as and when our customers demand it in the future. We are Ready for it.”

Mr. Jijay Shen, Huawei Ireland General Manager, said, “Huawei was first to industry with a commercial symmetric 10G GPON solution, demonstrating the maturity of our symmetrical XGS-PON technology, which helps upgrade enterprise private networks to gigabit access networks. We are working with SIRO to design a network that will meet the requirements of local communities and businesses, making sure that it’s not just the fastest speeds today, but that we can continue to lead the way and deliver the very best broadband connectivity to the people of Ireland in the future.”


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