Sean-Atkinson-SIRO-CEO

100% fibre opticJuly 15, 2015

SIRO Welcomes Publication of National Broadband Plan Draft Intervention Strategy

SIRO has welcomed the publication of the draft intervention strategy for the National Broadband Plan by Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Alex White TD.

““We in SIRO welcome the Government’s ambition to ensure that every citizen and business in Ireland will have access to a high speed broadband service, regardless of where they are located.””

Sean Atkinson, SIRO CEO

“It is important that the solution ensures that everyone in rural areas is guaranteed a quality connection.  Therefore we are of the belief that a 100% Fibre-to-the-Building solution should be pursued in order to ensure that the National Broadband Plan is future-proofed to match the needs of Irish internet users decades in the future.

We need to be clear what is meant by a real fibre connection, as opposed to letting it becoming a ‘catch-all’ phrase.

The National Broadband Plan is a fantastic opportunity for Ireland to retire its old copper-based access broadband network and switch to a 100% fibre optic system, putting the country on a par with leading international hubs for connectivity, such as Tokyo and Hong Kong.

While the National Broadband Plan aims to guarantee speeds of at least 30Mbps in hard to reach rural areas, SIRO is focused on delivering a 1,000Mbps (1 Gigabit) connection powered by a 100% fibre optic connection to every premises that forms part of our network.

We note that 30mbps is a minimum requirement, rather than target.

We believe SIRO’s 100% Fibre-to-the-Building network is best positioned to provide the optimum solution for meeting the Government’s ambitious National Broadband Plan’s ambitions.

Delivered over the ESB electricity infrastructure, we can connect with any premises no matter how remote their location is, without having to build new poles or ducts.

More importantly, as SIRO is Ireland’s first fully open, all fibre access network; it is available to all telecoms retail operators in the country, is not economically bound to legacy infrastructure and will drive much needed competition in the market.”