Fibre broadband is on its’ way to Donabate, Lusk, Rush and Skerries with the North County Dublin towns selected as one of the first towns where SIRO will roll-out its 100% fibre network, as part of broadband operator SIRO’s next phase of expansion.
The decision that Donabate, Lusk, Rush and Skerries have been selected was announced at SIRO’s official launch of its fibre network expansion during an event held by the company and attended by An Taoiseach Micheál Martin in O’Reilly Hall, University College Dublin on Thursday, October 28.
SIRO, a joint venture between ESB and Vodafone, announced a €620 million investment to further grow its’ existing 100% fibre broadband footprint across Ireland. SIRO’s expansion will see the wholesale operator reach a further 90 towns across Ireland, including Donabate, Rush, Lusk and Skerries.
The company’s latest round of investment will bring SIRO’s total investment in rolling out a new 100% fibre broadband network to one billion euro in total.
SIRO, a joint venture company between ESB and Vodafone founded in 2015, is almost doubling its existing network footprint from 410,000 premises to 770,000 homes and businesses across Ireland, connecting over 2.1 million people and making fibre broadband available to 154 towns.
SIRO’s fibre network is currently available in 64 towns, including Swords in North County Dublin.
While SIRO’s latest network expansion will be rolled out over the next four years, the company confirmed that Donabate, Rush, Lusk and Skerries will be one of the first of the 90 towns to benefit, with work to roll-out its fibre broadband in the town expected to commence from next month.
The introduction of SIRO’s fibre broadband to Donabate, Lusk, Rush and Skerries will greatly enhance how people live and work in the town, accoding to the company.
SIRO says its reliable and resilient fibre broadband will facilitate hybrid and more flexible working, improve how businesses use digital tools such as cloud technologies or trade online, make Donabate, Lusk, Rush and Skerries a more attractive destination for investment and increased connectivity to allow people to stay connected and access public services such as health or online education.
The investment will not only expand the availability of SIRO’s fibre broadband but will also see its existing infrastructure upgraded to 2 Gigabit speeds – twice the speed of the most powerful broadband services currently available to homes in Ireland.
SIRO CEO John Keaney noted: “SIRO is pleased to confirm that Donabate, Lusk, Rush and Skerries will be one of the first towns where we will roll-out our 100% fibre broadband network as part of the next stage of our development.
“Resilient and reliable broadband matters hugely to Donabate, Lusk, Rush, and Skerries because it means that more people have the option of working from home, with less cars on the roads and families able to spend more quality time with each other.
“Equally, more local businesses will be able to fully participate in the digital economy and work better and smarter.”