Westnet named as SIRO’s third retail partner, and rollout has commenced in Castlebar
Services will become available before the end of this year.
An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD has just announced that construction is now underway on SIRO’s 100% fibre-optic broadband network in Castlebar.
Westnet, the Mayo based broadband provider, has also been unveiled as SIRO’s third retail partner.
Super-fast broadband in Castlebar
From December, Westnet will launch a number of 100% fibre optic broadband packages for both residential and business customers in Castlebar, with speeds ranging from 150Mbps to 1Gbps. Prices will start at €45 per month.
This rollout will be of great benefit to businesses and households in Castlebar. Paul Cunnane, Westnet’s CEO and co-founder, said that it is fantastic for the company to be able to avail of SIRO’s open access network.
Sean Atkinson, SIRO CEO, added that the partnership with Westnet demonstrates how SIRO is actively driving competition in Ireland’s broadband market. He said: “We have had a lot of interest from retail partners as our 100% fibre optic broadband network offers a future proofed solution that will enable their customers to avail of next generation services.”
Speaking about the news, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said: “Once completed, this will serve as a real game changer for high-speed broadband in Castlebar and is part of a range of recent positive developments for the county town.”
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 and delivers 1Gb download and upload speeds.
By the end of 2016, services will be live or construction work will be underway in 17 towns across the country, as follows: Dundalk, Cavan, Carrigaline, Sligo, Letterkenny, Tralee, Wexford, Drogheda, Westport, Portlaoise, Castlebar, Mullingar, Newbridge, Ennis, Ratheniska, Carlow and Skibbereen.
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