SIRO, the ESB-Vodafone joint venture, has announced that Sligo will become the first SIRO-powered town in Connaught. SIRO’s plans were presented at an event in Sligo City Hall, in association with Sligo County Council, Sligo Chamber of Commerce and the Sligo Local Enterprise Office, last night.

The rollout of SIRO’s network is currently underway in Sligo and services will be available from broadband retailers later this year. All homeowners and businesspeople within Sligo city 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 connection at any point in the network. This will mean that consumers, businesses, community groups and service providers such as hospitals and schools will be able to avail of a one GigaBit internet connection. 

John Reilly, Head of Sligo Local Enterprise Office said “The roll-out of SIRO in Sligo is particularly welcome news for Sligo businesses.  It will position Sligo to fully engage in the ICT economy and will offer many businesses an opportunity to truly transform their current business model. They will be able to take full advantage of the internet and increase their turnover and profitability by selling more in the domestic and overseas markets.  Sligo Local Enterprise Office  has been working constructively with SIRO for a number of months in conjunction with other colleagues in Sligo County Council and we are committed to assisting them to the fullest degree possible in rolling out and promoting this new and vital infrastructure.”

Sean Atkinson, CEO of SIRO said: “We’re delighted that Sligo will be the next location as part of our rollout.  We will revolutionise people’s experience of broadband with 100% fibre optic network, which delivers fibre broadband directly to the home, without the need for copper, delivering speeds of one GigaBit. This will have a transformational effect on Sligo as anyone starting a business will be able to compete not just at a national level, but at an international level. As a result it will help to more investment to Sligo.  Similarly it will lead to people being able to access the latest online services online in areas like education and remote working.  This will play a key role for a brighter digital future for Sligo, which we are very proud to be a part of.”

To register interest in SIRO, visit: www.siro.ie

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