SIRO has announced that it has delivered 1 Gigabit connectivity to The Mill, an innovation hub in Drogheda, with Vodafone providing the service to the facility.
The Mill is Drogheda’s first purpose built innovation hub. It is the result of a public-private partnership which aims to become the hub for the accelerated creation of new enterprises in the South Louth, East Meath and Drogheda areas. Minister for Employment and Small Business Pat Breen TD today officially opened the extension of The Mill’s Enterprise Hub.
The Mill becomes the second regional hub to be powered by SIRO’s 100% fibre-optic network after the Ludgate Hub in Skibbereen was connected in July 2016. The Ludgate Hub is an exemplar project as recognised by the European Commission and is on course to create 500 jobs over the next five years in West Cork.
SIRO’s Gigabit connectivity will help The Mill replicate this success. Companies based in the community enterprise centre can experience the same level of broadband connectivity as available in leading international hubs such as Tokyo and Hong Kong.
Commenting about the announcement, Sean Atkinson, CEO of SIRO, said: “Today’s official opening of The Mill’s Enterprise Hub is a tremendous boost for Drogheda as it is already quickly establishing itself as a vibrant startup centre for the area. We are delighted to help play a role in its success by giving companies in residence at the Mill access to the most powerful broadband available in Ireland, enabling them to have the same competitive advantage in terms of connectivity as their international peers. As a result, we will see more digital companies establish themselves in Drogheda, helping to reinvigorate the local economy. As our 100% fibre optic broadband network, powered entirely by light, is different and better than any other technology, we have future-proofed Drogheda’s broadband needs for decades ahead and made the town part of the Gigabit society in Ireland.”
Breanndán Casey, Business Development Manager, The Mill Enterprise Centre, added: “The Mill is home to a wide range of businesses such as startups to FDI companies, all of whom believe that Gigagbit connectivity is vital to their organisation. Being connected to SIRO’s 100% fibre-optic network is a game changer for us as it is a vital factor in the decision making process for any company looking to establish itself in Drogheda. The dividends of SIRO’s rollout in Drogheda, as well as Dundalk in Co. Louth, are already starting to pay off as demonstrated by the level of interest from companies looking to join us here at the Mill.”
Using the existing ESB network, SIRO is delivered through fibre optic cables which run alongside existing electricity connections, all the way to the building. This technology has no copper connections at any point to slow down the network and delivers 1 Gigabit download and upload speeds.
The first phase of the fibre roll out is currently ongoing with SIRO on schedule to connect over 500,000 homes and businesses across 50 regional towns by 2018. SIRO is building in 17 towns across the country – Dundalk, Cavan, Carrigaline, Sligo, Letterkenny, Tralee, Wexford, Drogheda, Westport, Portlaoise, Castlebar, Mullingar, Newbridge, Ennis, Ratheniska, Carlow and Skibbereen.