SIRO-powered broadband is among the fastest in Ireland, with gigabit speeds of up to 1,000Mbps available. This broadband is available from Digiweb and Vodafone in a variety of towns across the country. The packages and plans bring fibre broadband directly to the home.
SIRO is a joint venture from the ESB and Vodafone that uses the existing electricity network to provide 100% fibre broadband.
The technology is known as ‘Fibre to the Home’ (FTTH) or ‘Fibre to the Premises’ and can deliver download and upload speeds of up to 1,000Mbps - or 1 gigabit - known as ‘lightning speed’.
At the moment, gigabit broadband is only available from a few providers in Ireland. You can’t buy products directly from SIRO, but many providers have signed contracts with SIRO so they’ll be able to offer FTTH packages to customers.
Other providers who have signed agreements with SIRO include Sky, Rocket Broadband, Westnet, Kerry Broadband, Carnsore Broadband and Airwire.
Meanwhile, eir also has some 1,000Mbps plans available, which run on the open eir network.
Meanwhile, if you currently have slow broadband and regular fibre plans are not available where you live yet, you might be happy with a 150Mbps plan - this will deliver speeds that are more than sufficient for the vast majority of internet-users.
The main advantage of gigabit broadband is obviously the speed, which is much higher than other plans available on the market. With 1,000Mbps broadband you can:
download a HD movie in under a minute; play games online smoothly, with no lag; and stream content with no issues.
SIRO-powered broadband plans are not yet available available nationwide. At the moment, broadband plans and packages powered by SIRO are available in the towns of Carlow, Cavan, Ennis, Carrigaline, Mallow, Skibbereen, Ballbriggan, Swords, Letterkenny, Finglas, Tyrrelstown, Leopardstown, Tralee, Naas, Newbridge, Sallins, Kilkenny, Portlaoise, Limerick, Drogheda, Dundalk, Castlebar, Westport, Sligo, Athlone, Mullingar, and Wexford.
If you can’t get SIRO or another gigabit plan where you live just yet, don’t worry - there are plenty of alternatives out there that can still provide fast, reliable broadband, for example:
The exact package and type of broadband you can get will depend on where you live, so the best bet would be to compare broadband deals in your area in order to find the package that suits you best.