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SIRO has announced that Carlow is Ireland’s latest 'Gigabit Town'

The service is already available to 4,500 premises.

SIRO’s rollout of its fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) broadband seems to be continuing at pace.

Earlier this month, the company announced it was bringing its gigabit technology to Kilkenny and now it has confirmed that services are live to an initial 4,500 homes and businesses in Carlow Town.

In the areas where SIRO’s technology has been rolled out, the fibre packages are already available from Vodafone and Digiweb.

The areas where construction is already completed include Sandhills, Dolmen Gardens, Castle Oaks, and The Downs, with the full rollout of SIRO’s Gigabit connectivity expected to be completed by the end of the summer in 2018.

SIRO’s FTTB technology is 100% fibre-optic, with speeds of up to 1,000Mbps. As an example of what speeds like this would mean to a normal broadband user - those who avail of 1GB broadband would be able to download a 4GB HD film in just 30 seconds.

Speaking about the rollout, Carlow Mayor, Cllr. Jim Deane, said it was: “vital for boosting the local economy, given the necessity of high speed broadband for attracting foreign direct investment.”

Stephen O’Connor, Director of Corporate Affairs with SIRO, said that the rollout means Carlow residents and businesses will be guaranteed the best broadband experience in the country.

He added: “SIRO will help attract investment to the town, enabling Carlow businesses to compete online. Students in the local Institute of Technology Carlow will be able to access the latest online educational resources from their homes without fear of lack of speed or buffing.

“This is an important development for the town, supporting economic and social development and future-proofing Carlow’s internet infrastructure for decades to come.”

And Carlow residents seem to think that increased speeds will mean a lot…

The SIRO network now covers 100,000 premises, with services now live or under construction in 25 towns across the country including Dundalk, Carrigaline, Sligo, Letterkenny, Tralee, Cavan, Wexford, Skibbereen, Drogheda, Mullingar, Portlaoise, Ennis, Castlebar, Westport, Limerick, Newbridge, Carlow, Swords, Balbriggan, Bray, Greystones, Athlone, Killarney, Shannon and Mallow.

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