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SIRO signs €20 million contract with Axione and Obelisk to connect 10 towns to its Gigabit network

Services will be made available to 35,000 homes and businesses.

This morning, SIRO announced that it has signed a €20 million contract with a joint venture consortium comprised of French Telecoms Infrastructure company Axione and its professional engineering services partner, Irish company Obelisk.

The contract will see Axione and Obelisk connect ten towns to SIRO’s Gigabit network over the next two years, including Gorey, Courtown, Enniscorthy, Newtown-Kilcoole, Wicklow, Arklow, Carrickmines, Shankill, Bray and Greystones.

The rollout means that over 35,000 homes and businesses in the towns will be able to access the most powerful broadband services in Ireland via SIRO’s retail partners.

Commenting on the announcement, Minister of State at the Department of Finance with special responsibility for Financial Services and Insurance, Michael D’Arcy, said: “In my work as Minister, I see how reliant the growth of financial services are on access to high-speed connectivity.”

He added: “Fibre broadband is a key component for developing the Smart Economy in the South East and SIRO’s arrival is a very welcome development.”

SIRO’s CEO, Sean Atkinson, said that towns where SIRO’s services are already available are seeing the benefits, for example “in towns like Skibbereen where O’Donnell Design, a furniture company, has seen their volume of work jump by 25% as their capacity to do business with international hotel chains has been bolstered”.

Obelisk Group’s CEO, Declan O’Neill, said that the company has developed a specialised workforce of engineers and support staff - it has already successfully delivered fibre-optic infrastructure for SIRO in Drogheda, Balbriggan and Swords - and Dominque Astier, Deputy CEO of Axione, said they were delighted to be partnering with Obelisk on this project for SIRO.

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 delivers 1 Gigabit download and upload speeds - known as ‘lightning speed’.

SIRO is offered on an open-access basis to all telecoms retailers in Ireland and has already formed partnerships with Vodafone, Sky Ireland, Carnsore Broadband, Digiweb, Rocket Broadband, Airwire, Kerry Broadband and WestNet.

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