It's 'Gimme Fibre' day and SIRO has becomes Ireland's largest FTTH operator

The wholesale broadband provider is now delivering Fibre to the Home to over 36,500 premises.

Maeve McLaughlin
by Maeve McLaughlin on 4th November, 2016

This morning, SIRO announced that it has become the largest Fibre to the Home (FTTH) operator in Ireland after passing 36,500 premises.

SIRO is now passing about 10,000 premises per month and is targeting 200,000 homes and businesses passed by the end of 2017.

The news comes as eir yesterday announced its FTTH technology is now available to 34,000 homes and business.

The FTTH Council

Today is ‘Gimme Fibre’ day, organised by the FTTH Council to celebrate FTTH technology.

SIRO has taken the opportunity to announce that it has become the first Irish operator to be admitted to the FTTH Council, which is an industry organisation whose mission is to accelerate the availability of ultra-high-speed fibre access networks for the benefit of consumers and businesses.

Changing the conversation

SIRO’s CEO Sean Atkinson discussed all of todays news, saying that SIRO is now passing 10,000 premises per month and rollout will speed up over the next year.

He noted that when the FTTH Council presents its reports on FTTH performance across the EU, Ireland is not even included in the graph because broadband here is still delivered over ‘the last mile’ by copper and coaxial cable.

He said: “The EU published its revised rules for Telecoms investment last month, prioritising fibre investment as a means to achieve ‘the EU Gigabit society.’ We want to change the conversation and the market in Ireland away from legacy copper networks to future proofed 100% fibre instead.”

More about SIRO

Using the existing ESB network, SIRO is delivered by fibre optic cables all the way to the building. This technology, known as Fibre-to-the-Building (FTTB), has no copper connections at any point to slow down the network and delivers 1 Gb download and upload speeds.

SIRO’s 100% fibre-to-the-building network is three times faster than the best service available in Dublin and over 10 times the best service available in the rest of Ireland.

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