What SIRO can do for you
SIRO is a joint venture from the ESB and Vodafone that uses the existing electricity network to provide 100% fibre broadband. We’ve got all of the information you need on this broadband, which promises to “propel Ireland into the ranks of the world’s fastest broadband countries”.
1. What is SIRO broadband and how does it work?
SIRO broadband is delivered through fibre-optic cables which run alongside existing electricity connections, all the way to the building. The technology is known as ‘Fibre to the Home’ and can deliver download and upload speeds of up to 1,000Mbps, known as ‘lightning speed’.
2. Where is SIRO available?
Services powered by SIRO are already live or under construction in 25 towns across the country – Dundalk, Carrigaline, Sligo, Letterkenny, Tralee, Cavan, Wexford, Skibbereen, Drogheda, Mullingar, Portlaoise, Ennis, Castlebar, Westport, Limerick, Newbridge, Carlow, Swords, Balbriggan, Bray, Greystones, Athlone, Killarney, Shannon and Mallow.
SIRO says that phase one of the rollout, which started in early 2015 and is expected to be fully rolled-out by the end of 2018, will see SIRO initially reaching 500,000 premises in 51 towns.
3. Who provides SIRO?
You can’t buy products directly from SIRO. Rather, SIRO is offered on an open-access basis to all authorised broadband providers in Ireland.
This means that consumers and businesses can sign-up to SIRO through the service provider(s) operating in their area. The following providers have signed agreements with SIRO and are already - or will soon be - offering SIRO-powered broadband to their customers:
4. SIRO is not in my area - what broadband options do I have?
If you can’t get SIRO where you live just yet, don’t worry - there are plenty of alternatives out there that can still provide fast, reliable broadband.
The type of broadband you can get will depend on where you live. Fibre broadband plans have been rolled out across a lot of the country now, with speeds of up to 100Mbps widely available from the likes of Digiweb, eir, Pure Telecom, Sky and Vodafone, while Virgin Media runs its own network and has packages available with speed of up to 360Mbps.
If fibre isn’t option, you could consider ADSL broadband, mobile broadband or satellite broadband. Of these, ADSL will provide the most reliable connection - speeds of up to 24Mbps are available and the majority of plans have an unlimited broadband allowance.
5. How much do SIRO-powered broadband plans cost?
The cost of your plan will depend on which provider you go with and what ‘up to’ speed you want. Providers offer a range of SIRO-powered plans, with speeds from up to 150Mbps, to up to 1,000Mbps. You’ll get an introductory discount for a number of months on most plans, but if you opt for one of the ‘gigabit’ plans, you’re looking at an ongoing monthly cost - after the discount - of around €85-90.