SIRO announces it is investing €40m to expand its rollout to its next six locations

The progression of the rollout means services will be live, or construction will be underway, in 17 towns by the end of this year.

Maeve McLaughlin
by Maeve McLaughlin on 21st September, 2016

Earlier today, SIRO announced that it will invest €40 million to progress the rollout to its next six locations – Mullingar, Newbridge, Ennis, Portlaoise, Drogheda and Carlow.

As a result of this, services will be live - or construction work will be underway - in 17 towns across the country by the end of the year. These are: Dundalk, Cavan, Carrigaline, Sligo, Letterkenny, Tralee, Wexford, Drogheda, Westport, Castlebar, Mullingar, Newbridge, Ennis, Ratheniska, Carlow and Skibbereen.

This is sure to be welcome news to people in these areas - especially if they currently don’t have access to reliable broadband. SIRO has said that regional towns like Tralee and Sligo, where SIRO services have already gone live, are now gaining the same level of connectivity as international hubs like Tokyo and Hong Kong.

Speaking at the National Ploughing Championships, CEO of SIRO, Sean Atkinson, said: “SIRO gives consumers and businesses in regional Ireland access to far better services than that available in Dublin and other cities, thus reversing the digital divide and allowing them to compete more effectively for investment and jobs.

“It is our ambition to become Ireland’s new national Telecoms infrastructure. We have plans for a second phase which covers over 300 smaller towns and we are shortlisted for the Government’s National Broadband Plan (NBP) which aims to deliver high speed access to all citizens by 2020. We believe that Fibre-to-the-Building is the only solution capable of future proofing Ireland’s needs.”

Last month, we heard that Digiweb has entered into a partnership with SIRO and will launch a number of 100% fibre optic broadband packages for both residential and business customers. This makes Digiweb SIRO’s second retail partner, after Vodafone.

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