SIRO and BT Ireland sign network agreement

The agreement will enable BT to offer its corporate, public sector and wholesale customers access to SIRO’s 1 GB FTTB technology.

Maeve McLaughlin
by Maeve McLaughlin on 1st December, 2016

SIRO and BT Ireland today announced they have signed a network agreement, which outlines the basis for all network, systems and commercial activities between the two companies.

It means that BT can offer its corporate, public sector and wholesale customers access to SIRO’s 1 GB Fibre-to-the-Building (FTTB) local-access network.

Speaking about the agreement, Shay Walsh, BT Ireland’s Managing Director said that it will add to the BT’s access network reach, giving the company a greater choice of networks to offer their clients around the country.

Meanwhile, SIRO’s CEO Sean Atkinson said that the agreement with BT was a “sign of the demand by broadband providers across Ireland for an alternative national telecoms infrastructure”.

He added: “The combination of BT’s national fibre network and SIRO’s local access network will be transformative for regional Ireland and local operators. As our unique 100% optical Fibre-to-the-Building network is the only solution capable of future proofing Ireland’s broadband needs, we expect further interest from new retail partners within BT’s existing wholesale customer base.”

About SIRO

Using the existing ESB network, SIRO is delivered by fibre optic cables all the way to the building.

This FTTB technology has no copper connections at any point to slow down the network and delivers 1Gb download and upload speeds.

With over 40,000 premises passed in 17 towns, SIRO is Ireland’s largest FTTB operator.

The SIRO service is live in 9 towns, with build advanced in a further 8 towns, including Castlebar, Drogheda, and Westport.