SIRO broadband explained
SIRO is making Ireland one of the fastest broadband countries in the world. We explain what SIRO is and how it works in Ireland. Use our SIRO broadband checker to out if SIRO is available near you.
What is SIRO?
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.
Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) or full-fibre, which is becoming more widely available in Ireland, can deliver download and upload speeds of up to 2,000Mbps (2Gbps).
In June 2023, SIRO passed 50,000 premises. They say they’re on track to hit 700,000 by 2026.
How is it different to regular fibre broadband?
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.
What are the benefits of SIRO broadband?
A 100% fibre internet connection means you’ll get a lightning-fast connection and you don’t have to worry about who’s online and when.
For example, you could be working from home while another family member streams a movie, and another plays video games.
All done simultaneously with an ultrafast 1GB, lag-free and uninterrupted connection.
Where is SIRO available?
You can check availability in your area on the siro.ie website.
Who provides SIRO?
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 fibre broadband on the SIRO network:
What other broadband options are available?
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 2,000Mbps.
Virgin Media runs its own network and has fibre packages available with speeds of up to 2Gb.
Of these options, ADSL broadband will provide the most reliable connection. You can get speeds of up to 24Mbps, and most plans have an unlimited broadband allowance.
How much does SIRO powered broadband cost?
The cost of your SIRO broadband plan will depend on which provider you go with and whether they operate in your area. Use our broadband checker to compare prices.
Most providers offer introductory discounts for 12 months but check what the ongoing cost per month is because it’s usually significantly higher.
Is SIRO broadband worth it?
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.