Rollout Of SIRO Fibre Optic Broadband Network In Cavan Commences
SIRO, the ESB-Vodafone joint venture which is delivering Ireland’s first 100% fibre-optic broadband network to 50 towns nationwide, has announced that its full rollout across Cavan town has commenced.
Over 1,000 premises in the town have already been passed as part of the rollout, which followed a trial that saw 300 homes in Aughnaskerry and Rocklands estates equipped with the 100% fibre-to-the-building technology.
When the rollout is complete, Cavan town will have the same level of connectivity as leading international hubs like Hong Kong and Tokyo.
SIRO’s key differentiator is that it is a 100% fibre-optic internet connection, making it different and better than any other broadband infrastructure in Ireland, with no copper connection at any point in the network.
Construction in Cavan is underway, with Actavo carrying out works on behalf of SIRO. As SIRO is delivered using existing ESB electricity infrastructure, there will be minimal disruption.
Consumers, businesses, community groups in Cavan will be able to avail of a one GigaBit (1000 Mbps) internet connection. A high definition film (4GB) takes one hour to download with a 10mbps connection – with SIRO it will take 30 seconds.
LightSpeed Broadband, powered by SIRO is available from Vodafone in Cavan now. Other broadband providers will also offer connections in the near future.
Commenting on the rollout, Sean Atkinson, CEO of SIRO, said:
“This is the moment life in Cavan changes forever. This is broadband at its best as SIRO is a custom built 100% fibre optic network powered by light, with no copper connection that would slow the service.
This will have as big an impact as rural electrification, leaving a last legacy in Cavan. SIRO will help attract investment to the town, enable Cavan businesses to compete online and allow residents to avail of the latest online services.”
Declan Brady, a Cavan resident who is connected to the SIRO network, added:
“As a keen photographer and Vice Chairman of the Breffni Photography Club, I needed an Internet connection that would enable me to upload hundreds of high quality images online. What used to take hours, now takes seconds.
SIRO is literally life transforming. My perception of what is possible with the Internet has completely changed and I know that my home is now future proofed when it comes to broadband.”