We look at how SIRO can help make Ireland one of the fastest broadband countries in the world. Here’s what SIRO is, how it works and where it’s available.
SIRO is a joint venture from the ESB and Vodafone that uses the existing electricity network to provide 100% fibre broadband in Ireland.
SIRO broadband is delivered through fibre-optic cables which run alongside existing electricity connections, and straight to homes and businesses.
The technology is known as Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) and can deliver download and upload speeds of up to 1,000Mbps (1Gbps).
Most fibre broadband plans are Fibre-to-the-Cabinet or part fibre. This is where the internet travels to a telephone exchange cabinet nearest to your home using fibre-optic cables, and then on to your home via telephone copper wires.
If your home is a long way from the nearest exchange cabinet, your internet connection will be weaker. The speed you get will also be affected by the number of homes sharing the same cabinet.
SIRO Ireland cuts out the need for old copper wires and reduces the distance the internet has to travel, which increases its speed and signal strength.
Having a much faster internet connection (1 Gigabit per second) that’s 100% fibre, means you don’t have to worry about how many devices are on at home for work or play.
For example, you could be heading up a Zoom meeting at home, while another family member downloads movies and music, and another plays video games.
This can all be done simultaneously with a lag free, uninterrupted connection, whatever the weather conditions may be.
You can check availability in your area on the siro.ie website.
You can’t buy products directly from SIRO, it’s offered on an open-access basis to all authorised broadband providers in Ireland.
This means that you or your business can sign up to SIRO through the service providers operating in your area. Here are the providers that offer SIRO broadband:
If SIRO isn’t available at your location, there are plenty of alternatives out there that can still provide fast, reliable broadband.
The type of broadband you can get depends on where you live. Part fibre offers speeds up to 100Mbps and Fibre broadband offers speeds up to 1,000Mbps. Our fibre broadband comparison shows part fibre and fibre broadband packages that are available through:
Virgin Media runs its own network and has fibre packages available with speeds of up to 1,000Mbps.
Of these options, ADSL broadband will provide the most reliable connection. You can get speeds of up to 24Mbps, and the majority of plans have an unlimited broadband allowance.
The cost of your SIRO broadband plan will depend on which provider you go with and what ‘up to’ speed you want, this ranges from 150Mbps to 1,000Mbps.
Most providers offer introductory discounts for 12 months but check what the ongoing cost per month will be as it’s usually significantly higher.
You can easily compare SIRO-powered broadband plans on our dedicated comparison page to find a plan that’s right for you.
If it’s been rolled out in your area and your current broadband connection isn’t as fast as you’d like, it’s worth doing a price comparison.
You’ll need to weigh up if the extra speed is worth the extra cost for your circumstances, or if you can manage on a slower internet speed.
For example, if you’ve started working from home and those extra devices are stretching your current broadband to the max, the promise of a lag-free, faster service might justify the price tag for you.
It only takes a few minutes to find a cheaper deal and start saving