What SIRO can do for you
A joint venture between the ESB and Vodafone was recently launched, promising broadband upload and download speeds of up to 1,000Mbps in Ireland. Currently the fastest speed available is 360Mb. In October of 2014 the European Commission approved the plans for both the ESB and Vodafone to invest €450 million into a 100% fibre network in Ireland - the first of its kind. This new venture is called SIRO, and it will dramatically change the broadband landscape.
1. What is SIRO?
SIRO is a new fibre broadband network that will run fibre along the existing overhead and underground infrastructure of the ESB power lines. This fibre will run directly into homes and businesses all over the country. SIRO 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. Because there are no copper phone lines used, the speeds offered are very high - 1,000Mbps. That’s roughly four times faster than Virgin Media’s 240Mb fibre broadband, and ten times faster than eir’s eFibre service.
2. Where is SIRO available?
When SIRO was launched, so were 10 gigabit launch towns, or ‘fibrehoods’. These towns are Cavan, Dundalk, Westport, Castlebar, Sligo, Carrigaline, Tralee, Navan, Letterkenny and Wexford. The service was trialled in 300 households and businesses in Cavan since last Autumn. The first phase of the project, consisting of 50 towns, is expected to be fully completed by the end of 2018. A second phase plan is in place for the service to reach a further 300 towns. SIRO is targeting centres of population away from larger cities, which already have high speed broadband access.
3. When can I get SIRO?
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).
4. How much does SIRO cost?
Consumers can’t buy products directly from SIRO. SIRO is available to all telecoms operators in Ireland to resell to their customers. So far, SIRO has announced retail partnerships with Digiweb and Vodafone, among others. The cost will depend on the package you get.
5. I live in rural Ireland, can I get access to SIRO?
The Government’s National Broadband Plan will eventually see every house and business in Ireland with access to high-speed broadband by the end of 2021. SIRO is one of the preferred bidders for this plan.