F.A.Q

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  • SIRO is a joint commercial venture between ESB and Vodafone and will deliver a 100% fibre to the building broadband product, on a wholesale basis, initially to 50 towns across every county in Ireland.

  • This is a joint commercial venture in which €450M will be invested by ESB and Vodafone.

  • ESB has had fibre optic cable on its High Voltage (Transmission) lines for 15 years which was used as backhaul and in the last decade has invested €6Bn in its local (distribution access) network refurbishing it and making it robust.

    With the demand for increased connectivity growing rapidly, ESB saw a need for access fibre and conducted trials to see could it deploy fibre deeper and deeper into its network – and bring something which had never been offered in Ireland – fibre all the way to the building.

    This is an exemplar project, which uses ESB’s low to medium voltage electricity infrastructure in a smart, efficient way to deliver fibre to the building broadband.

    In September 2012, ESB began a tender process to find a partner in a Joint Venture Company to deploy a Fibre-to-the-Building network using the ESB electricity overhead and underground infrastructure as part of the organisation’s innovation strategy to develop new business opportunities utilising existing infrastructure.

    Vodafone emerged as the preferred bidder for the project in September 2013, when both companies entered negotiations to form SIRO.

  • Vodafone has always been focused on offering its customers the best mobile network in Ireland and unmatched customer service. As the largest provider of telecoms in Ireland, Vodafone has invested more in its network than any other provider. Vodafone now want to bring the best fixed broadband network to the people of Ireland. By partnering with ESB to deliver a Fibre-to-the-Building network, Vodafone will be able to offer customers the best possible experience.

  • SIRO will offer speeds of 1 Gigabit (1000 Mbps) per second to broadband operators, but they may choose to offer a range of different products & speeds to end consumers at different price points.

    Recent data from ComReg, the Irish telecoms regulator, showed that approximately 30% of fixed broadband customers in Ireland receive less than 10 Mbps. Direct access to 100% fibre broadband of 1 Gigabit per second will transform the internet experience of small and medium businesses (SME), remote workers and consumers.

  • No similar nationwide roll-out of a 100% end-to-end fibre-to-the-building service on the electricity network is taking place in the Irish/European market. The unique nationwide delivery on the electricity network will mean that this service, unlike any other, will be delivered with minimal disruption. SIRO will offer products ranging from 200 Mbps to 1 Gigabit (1000Mbps) per second. It will deliver a 100% fibre to the building broadband product, to 50 towns across Ireland.

    Recent data from ComReg, the Irish telecoms regulator, showed that approximately 30% of fixed broadband customers in Ireland receive less than 10 Mbps. Direct access to 100% fibre broadband of up to 1 Gigabit per second will transform the internet experience of small and medium businesses (SME), remote workers and consumers.

  • Yes, the Akamai First Quarter 2014 ‘State of the Internet’ Report showed that the global average connection speed at 3.9 Mbps as of quarter-end, it is expected that the measurement will surpass the 4 Mbps broadband threshold next quarter. In the first quarter, nine of the top 10 countries/regions saw increases in average connection speeds, including an 8% jump for first place South Korea (23.6 Mbps), which is now 9 Mbps ahead of second place Japan (14.6 Mbps). Of the top 10 countries, only the Czech Republic experienced a decrease in average connection speed, remaining in eighth place with a 1.9% drop.

  • SIRO will offer speeds of 1 Gigabit (1000Mbps) per second to broadband operators, but they may choose to offer a range of different products & speeds to end consumers at different price points.

  • The retail operator will offer a range of different products and speeds to end consumers at different price points. You can find details on.

  • Yes.

  • Phase One, will see SIRO initially reaching 500,000 premises in 50 towns and is expected to be fully rolled-out by the end of 2018.

  • As we have seen in recent years with the launch of services like Netflix in Ireland and more devices per household being used to connect to the Internet, the demands being placed on traditional broadband services are increasing every day.

    Instead of simply investing in a network to cater for today’s demands, this project will future proof Ireland for the range of demands of customers have now and more importantly into the future.

    Recent data from ComReg, the Irish telecoms regulator, showed that approximately 30% of fixed broadband customers in Ireland receive less than 10 Mbps. Direct access to 100% fibre broadband of up to 1 Gigabit per second will transform the internet experience of small and medium businesses (SME), remote workers and consumers.

  • SIRO is a commercial venture and will be delivered to 50 towns in phase one, which are topographically and geographically accessible and which are not served by high-speed broadband.

  • Construction has begun in 8 towns.  Due to commercial sensitives, we will announce specific timelines for individual towns closer to the date.

  • Yes. SIRO brings together two leading international companies with the technological expertise and infrastructural experience required to deliver this project within projected timeframes.

  • This project will deliver the fastest and technically most reliable broadband service to 500,000 premises in Ireland by the end of 2018. There is scope for a second phase under the joint venture.