Unveiling of SIRO – ESB – Vodafone Broadband Joint Venture
Today I attended the unveiling of SIRO, the new brand of ESB and Vodafone’s fibre broadband joint venture company, with the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, and Sean Atkinson CEO of SIRO.
SIRO is investing €450 million in building Ireland’s first 100% fibre-to-the-building broadband network, offering speeds from 200 Mbps to 1000 Mbps to 500,000 premises in fifty regional towns, revolutionising the broadband market in Ireland. SIRO will deliver an open access network, which means that it will be available to all telecoms operators in Ireland on a wholesale basis to resell to their customers. As part of the announcement, it was revealed that SIRO will employ 60 people, and a further 200 construction jobs supported across Ireland as part of the rollout of the network.
The first ten locations, dubbed Ireland’s first Gigabit towns or “fibrehoods”, to be included in SIRO’s roll-out are Cavan, Dundalk, Westport, Castlebar, Sligo, Carrigaline, Tralee, Navan, Letterkenny and Wexford.