Carrigaline to be first Munster town to get SIRO fibre broadband

Carrigaline will be the first of six Cork locations to receive 1Gb broadband speeds

Eleanor Rosney
by Eleanor Rosney on 25th September, 2015

Carrigaline has been chosen as Cork’s first SIRO-powered town.

The rollout of SIRO’s network is currently underway in Carrigaline town and services will be available from broadband retailers this winter. The rollout of SIRO’s network will also be extended to Ballincollig, Cobh, Mallow, Midleton, Little Island and Cork city.

TLI Group has been awarded the contract to work with SIRO to build the 100% fibre optic broadband network and as a result, 40 jobs will be created over six months.

SIRO is a joint venture between the ESB and Vodafone which is delivering Ireland’s first 100% fibre optic broadband network to 50 regional towns using ESB’s existing overhead and underground infrastructure.

The announcement was made by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD, at an event in the Carrigaline Court Hotel in association with Cork County Council and the Local Enterprise Office, South Cork.

Commenting at the launch, Simon Coveney TD said: “It is great news that Carrigaline has been selected as the first town in Munster to be connected to SIRO’s 100% fibre optic broadband network.

Not only will this development help attract investment, boost competitiveness and encourage entrepreneurs to set up online businesses, it will also create 40 jobs in Cork during the rollout phase.

“SIRO will have a transformative effect on Carrigaline by giving our young people better online learning opportunities, enabling more flexible working conditions for residents and better services in homes. This development by SIRO complements the Government’s own plans to deliver fibre broadband to more than 1,000 rural communities as part of the National Broadband Plan.”

Sean Atkinson, CEO of SIRO said: “We’re delighted that Carrigaline will be the first town in Munster to be connected to SIRO’s 100% fibre optic network, with another six towns in Cork included in the first phase of our rollout. Every premises in Carrigaline will receive a 1 Gigabit broadband connection, future proofing them for the internet services of the future.”

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