Thursday 29 September 2016

SIRO to roll out fibre-optic broadband to six new towns by end of 2016

Published 21/09/2016 | 07:54

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation Mary Mitchell O'Connor TD receiving a lesson in fibre splicing from Martin Byrne, SIRO and Sean Atkinson, SIRO at the National Ploughing Championships.
Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation Mary Mitchell O'Connor TD receiving a lesson in fibre splicing from Martin Byrne, SIRO and Sean Atkinson, SIRO at the National Ploughing Championships.

Open access broadband provider SIRO is to invest €40m to expand its offering to six new towns across Ireland.

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SIRO is Ireland's first 100pc fibre-optic broadband network and is in 50 towns nationwide so far. The investment will see its services enter Mullingar, Newbridge, Ennis, Portlaoise, Drogheda, and Carlow.

As a result, services will be live or construction work will be underway in 17 towns across the country by the end of the year – Dundalk, Cavan, Carrigaline, Sligo, Letterkenny, Tralee, Wexford, Drogheda, Westport, Castlebar, Mullingar, Newbridge, Ennis, Ratheniska, Carlow and Skibbereen.

SIRO chief executive Sean Atkinson said the company has received a "fantastic response" from its rollout across the country.

“It is our ambition to become Ireland’s new national Telecomms infrastructure. We have plans for a second phase which covers over 300 smaller towns and we are shortlisted for the Government’s National Broadband Plan (NBP) which aims to deliver high speed access to all citizens by 2020. We believe that Fibre-to-the-Building is the only solution capable of future proofing Ireland’s needs," he said.

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