Ten towns in southeast to get fibre broadband in €20m investment
Ten towns in the southeast are to be connected to fibre broadband via a new €20m investment from Vodafone and the ESB.
The move will give 35,000 homes and businesses speeds of up to 1,000Mbs in the towns of Gorey, Courtown, Enniscorthy, Newtown-Kilcoole, Wicklow, Arklow, Carrickmines, Shankill, Bray and Greystones.
The investment, from ESB-Vodafone joint venture called Siro, is being carried out through a contract with a French telecoms firm (Axione) and its Irish trading partner (Obelisk).
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 fibre to the home (FTTH), has no copper or traditional phone line connections at any point to slow down the network. It delivers download and upload speeds of 1,000Mbs
When downloading a high definition film (around four gigabytes) with an ordinary phone-line 10Mbps connection, the download time can be around an hour. With 1,000Mbs on a fibre connection, it takes under a minute.
The new fibre broadband will be rolled out over the next two years and will be available through Siro’s retail partners, such as Vodafone.
Axione is part of the Bouygues Energies and Services Group, a major player in digital infrastructure around Europe.
Obelisk is a Cavan- based company with its operations centre in Ballycoolin, Dublin. It operates in telecommunications, power transmission, renewable energy and tower infrastructure. It has already delivered fibre optic infrastructure for Siro in Drogheda, Balbriggan and Swords for the past two years.
The 10 towns in Wicklow and Wexford to get hooked up to the Siro fibre broadband over the next two years will be: