SIRO has announced that Portlaoise is Ireland’s latest Gigabit town

SIRO's 100% fibre-optic network is under construction.

Maeve McLaughlin
by Maeve McLaughlin on 25th November, 2016

Earlier today, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charlie Flanagan TD announced that SIRO’s 100% fibre-optic network is currently under construction in Portlaoise.

Services will be made available by broadband retailers to residents and businesses in Portlaoise in January 2017.

Speaking about the development, Minister Flanagan said: “This process first started in 2012 when tenders for the project were first advertised and it is a very positive step for the county that Portlaoise is one of fifty towns in the first phase of this new broadband venture which targets at delivering the most powerful network to the town.”

He added that good broadband access is “essential” if rural areas in the county are to be thriving communities rather than “commuter ghost towns”.

Sean Atkinson, CEO of SIRO CEO, also spoke about the news, noting that Portlaoise is the second Laois town to get SIRO’s 100% fibre-optic network after Ratheniska was connected for the Ploughing Championships in September.

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

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 Gigabit download and upload speeds.

SIRO has already passed 40,000 premises in 17 towns so far, making it Ireland’s largest FTTB operator

For context, when downloading a standard high definition film (4 Gigabytes) with a 10 Mbps connection, the average download time is an hour, while with SIRO it takes approximately 30 seconds.

By the end of 2016, services will be live or construction work will be underway in 17 towns across the country by the end of the year – Westport, Castlebar, Dundalk, Cavan, Carrigaline, Sligo, Letterkenny, Tralee, Wexford, Drogheda, Portlaoise, Mullingar, Newbridge, Ennis, Ratheniska, Carlow and Skibbereen.

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