Dundalk to become first SIRO town with 1Gbps broadband speeds

Dundalk has been unveiled as Ireland’s first SIRO-powered town

Eleanor Rosney
by Eleanor Rosney on 27th July, 2015

SIRO, the ESB-Vodafone joint venture which is delivering Ireland’s first 100% fibre-optic broadband network to 50 towns nationwide, has unveiled Dundalk as Ireland’s first SIRO-powered town.

The rollout is currently underway and broadband speeds of 1Gbps will be available from broadband retailers later in autumn.

Over 800 homes and businesses in the Coes Road area will be the first to be offered the service, with an opportunity to participate in a trial from the end of September.

SIRO’s key differentiator from other services is that it is a custom built 100% fibre optic service powered by light, making it different to any other broadband infrastructure in Ireland, with no copper connection at any point in the network.

At present, it would take one hour to download a 4GB HD film on a 10Mbps connection. With SIRO this will take 30 seconds.

Read more: Fastest ever broadband speeds promised by SIRO

Commenting at the launch, Minister for Business and Employment, Ged Nash, said: “It is great news that Dundalk has been selected as the first town to receive SIRO’s services.

This development will help attract investment, boost competitiveness and help entrepreneurs to set up online businesses.

“Such high speed broadband should also allow for 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, “SIRO will revolutionise the broadband experience in Dundalk town. This is a first for Ireland. SIRO will mean that anyone starting a business in Dundalk will be able to compete not just at a national level, but at an international level. It will mean that students will be able send large files instantly, that families can download a movie in a few seconds and that working from home is a real prospect for employees. It will mean a completely new internet for Dundalk. Dundalk has a vibrant local economy and a growing digital future, which we are delighted to be a part of.”

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