SIRO, the joint venture between Vodafone and the ESB, will attempt to kickstart awareness of its fibre broadband by giving away fibre connections to businesses in regional towns.
The company is to accept applications from established regional business hubs for free provision of 'gigabit' broadband, supplying download speeds of up to 1,000Mbs.
The scheme will be limited to business hubs in each town which have their own leased premises of more than 6,000 square feet.
The towns included in the promotion are those where Siro now has fibre connectivity - Dundalk, Cavan town, Carrigaline, Sligo, Letterkenny, Wexford town, Drogheda, Portlaoise, Castlebar, Mullingar, Newbridge, Ennis, Ratheniska, Tralee and Carlow town. Applicant firms have until April 21 to apply for the free broadband.
Gigabit fibre broadband is approximately 10 times faster than the upper speeds available on Eir's efibre broadband.
"When we helped to launch the Ludgate Hub last year, we wanted to establish a blueprint for other towns across the country to replicate Skibbereen's success which, if mirrored, has the potential to create and secure thousands of jobs in rural Ireland," Anne O'Leary, chief executive of Vodafone Ireland, said. "Today we have realised that vision with the launch of our Gigabit Hub initiative."