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SIRO and enet have signed a network agreement

The deal makes enet a SIRO aggregator, so its customers will gain access to SIRO’s 100% fibre-optic network.

Early in May, SIRO and enet announced the signing of a network agreement between the two companies.

Enet is a wholesale network operator with over 70 broadband retail service providers as customers. This new agreement makes enet a SIRO aggregator, which means these customers will now have access to SIRO’s 100% fibre-optic network.

The two companies had previously signed a deal allowing SIRO to use the enet network as an integral part of its build.

The partnership could help to drive further competition in the broadband market by giving more telecoms companies access to Gigabit connectivity.

SIRO’s CEO Sean Atkinson said the agreement highlights the industry demand for an alternative national telecoms infrastructure. SIRO is a 100% fibre-optic network, which Atkinson says will “reverse the digital divide in Ireland and future-proof the country’s broadband needs for decades ahead”.

Meanwhile enet’s CEO, Conal Henry, said the deal complements the company’s deep fibre network and enhances its reach to end-customer premises.

Henry went on to say: “enet doesn’t compete with our retail service provider customers, of which there are now over 70, so we want to enable them all - be they small regional players or large multinationals - to compete on an even footing and have access to the same high quality fibre footprint.”

The enet partnership allows broadband retailers to target individual SIRO towns or offer services nationally, as well as delivering a more cost effective solution for smaller operators to sell Fibre To The Building services to their local area.

SIRO is live in 11 towns (Dundalk, Carrigaline, Sligo, Letterkenny, Tralee, Cavan, Wexford, Skibbereen, Drogheda, Mullingar and Ennis) with construction advanced in a further 5 towns (Castlebar, Westport, Portlaoise, Newbridge and Carlow).