Wednesday 21 November 2018

SIRO announces a €25m contract with Huawei

Ryan Ding, Executive Director of the Board and President of the Carrier Business Group of Huawei and Sean Atkinson, CEO of SIRO
Ryan Ding, Executive Director of the Board and President of the Carrier Business Group of Huawei and Sean Atkinson, CEO of SIRO
Ellie Donnelly

Ellie Donnelly

SIRO, the open-access broadband provider that delivers Ireland’s first 100pc fibre-optic broadband network to 50 towns, has signed a €25m contract with Chinese multi-national Huawei.

The contract will see Huawei supply SIRO with end-to-end network equipment for its phase one deployment to 50 regional towns in Ireland.

SIRO previously partnered with Huawei on the company’s pilot in Cavan town in 2015, and the relationship has grown since then.

Huawei is now providing active telecoms equipment for SIRO for its first phase build of 500,000 premises.

The Chinese company is also the SIRO build partner in Athlone delivering fibre to over 8,000 homes and businesses.

In announcing the deal, Sean Atkinson, SIRO CEO, outlined how the Irish example of using the existing ESB networks to roll-out fibre connectivity could have applications in other countries.

"With over 100,000 homes passed and very encouraging early take up rates, SIRO is meeting the demand of Irish homes and businesses for a new communications network for the 21 century.

The Huawei technology is a key component to deliver a service to customers that is quite literally the speed of light," Mr Atkinson said.

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, known as "FTTB", has no copper connections at any point to slow down the network and delivers 1 Gigabit download and upload speeds. For context, when downloading a high definition film (4 Gigabytes) with a 10 Mbps connection, the download time is an hour - with SIRO it takes approximately 30 seconds.

SIRO is offered on an open-access basis to all telecoms retailers in Ireland, and the company has formed partnerships with, among others, Vodafone, Digiweb, and BT.

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