SIRO. 100% Fibre Broadband for Home.
Speeds of 1 Gigabit per second, built on the ESB Network
Speeds of 1 Gigabit per second, built on the ESB Network
SIRO is Ireland’s first 100% fibre-to-the-home broadband network, delivering speed, reliability and instant access due to an incredible 1 Gigabit internet connection. We build this network using the existing ESB infrastructure, and you simply avail by connecting with one of our retail partners.
SIRO is the power behind Vodafone Gigabit Broadband, Sky Fibre Ultra, Digiweb Electric Broadband, and many other superfast fibre packages provided by broadband retailers all over Ireland.
SIRO delivers speeds of 1 Gigabit per second via the ESB network all the way into your home, transforming home entertainment and opening up a world of opportunities for studying and working from home.
Unlike a copper network, fibre-optic cables are extremely resilient to heat, humidity and extreme weather conditions, making this the last broadband connection you’ll ever need.
There are two main technologies used in fibre-optic broadband: Fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) which still uses copper at some points in the network, and Fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) with 100% fibre-optic cables.
A FTTC connection is slower – delivering up to 100 Megabits per second. Copper is also less reliable and more prone to environmental damage over the years. On the other hand, FTTH is the gold standard of broadband, offering speeds of up to 1 Gigabit per second. Simply put, a 25GB HD movie would take 3 minutes to download on a FTTH 1Gbps connection, but more than 30 minutes on a FTTC 100Mbps connection (FTTH Council Europe). FTTH has also been recognised as the only future-proof solution, as fibre-optic cables are resistant to high temperature, humidity, fire, and other extreme environmental factors.
SIRO was the first and remains the only dedicated 100% fibre network in Ireland. Search your address to find out which providers can connect you to SIRO.
SIRO fibre-optic cables are laid alongside the existing electrical line into each home. If the electrical line is overhead, the fibre is strung just underneath it. Where the electrical line is underground, fibre is laid alongside it in the duct. In some instances, civil works may be required in the area in order to survey and gain access to underground ducts or electricity infrastructure. Any work is scheduled carefully to minimise disturbance. This is how we bring SIRO as far as the mini pillar or pole on your street. Only when you place an order for SIRO will we bring fibre directly into your home through your electrical meter box.
SIRO is a joint venture company between the ESB and Vodafone. We are building a 100% fibre optic broadband network using the ESB’s infrastructure. SIRO’s key differentiator is that it is a custom-built 100% fibre-optics network delivering speeds of 1 Gigabit per second, with no copper connection at any point in the network, making it faster and more reliable than any other traditional broadband infrastructure in Ireland.
SIRO was launched in 2015 with our shareholders ESB and Vodafone committing €450m to connect the first 50 towns. The two shareholders have complementary skill sets. ESB was a pioneer in electrifying Ireland and have unparalleled knowledge of large-scale engineering projects. Vodafone is Ireland’s leading mobile telecoms operator, with over a million customers and world-leading expertise in the transmission of data. These two companies enable SIRO to build a regional 100% fibre-to-the-building network, the first of its kind in Ireland.
SIRO’s 100% fibre-to-the-premise network is delivered using ESB existing infrastructure, with no copper connection at any point in the network. Fibre-optic cables are not affected by environmental factors than can weaken signals over copper cables. For example, the signal on a copper wire drops massively over just two kilometres, whereas fibre-optic cable over the same distance is extremely reliable. Unlike copper, fibre is highly resistant to heat, humidity and extreme weather conditions.
SIRO’s 100% fibre broadband offers speeds of 1 Gigabit per second, while a copper-based network generally delivers speeds of up to 100 Megabits per second. A 25GB HD movie would take 3 minutes to download on a FTTH 1Gbps connection, but more than 30 minutes on a FTTC 100Mbps connection (source: FTTH Council Europe)
Our homes and offices are full of devices – multiple laptops, tablets, consoles and mobiles are usually connected to the internet at once. With SIRO 100% fibre broadband, you can connect as many devices to your broadband as you like and not slow down your connection.
Unlike copper network, fibre-optic cables are extremely resilient to heat, humidity and extreme weather conditions, making this the last broadband connection you’ll ever need. Our Gigabit network is capable of supporting much faster speeds in the future, enabling homes and businesses to cater to evolving technologies and meet future data needs.
SIRO’s key innovation is that it is a 100% fibre-optic internet connection all the way to the building (fibre-to-the-building), making it a vast improvement on any other broadband infrastructure currently available in Ireland, with no copper connection at any point in the network. SIRO is Fibre-to-the-building which means you’ll have incredible speed and reliability instantly.
SIRO offers speeds of 1 Gigabit (1000Mbp) per second to broadband operators, but they may choose to offer a range of different products & speeds to end consumers at different price points. Various factors which SIRO has no control over may impact the speed of the wifi in your premise. For example, the age of devices and router used and their ability to deal with 1GB speeds may result in a slower experience.
To check availability in your home or business, please visit our address checker
When you purchase SIRO from a broadband provider, an engineer will visit your home at a time agreed by you. SIRO will be brought into your home either overhead or underground and into the ESB meter box. An external connector box which houses the SIRO fibre will be positioned close to the ESB meter box.
The engineer will agree with you where to install our internal connector box. Some minor drilling is involved and some cabling depending on where you would like your modem. The engineer will ensure and prove that your home is receiving the fibre speed based on the package purchased.
For SME and Enterprise customers, an engineer will work with the business to determine the entry point. Where applicable the existing communications space will be utilised.
As an open access wholesaler, SIRO develops the network and then makes it available for local broadband providers to bring to the public. Our retail providers offer a range of different products and speeds to end consumers at different price points.
No, you do not require a phone line to avail of SIRO broadband.
Due to commercial sensitives, we will announce specific timelines for individual towns closer to the date.
SIRO is a wholesale operator and we are responsible for building the SIRO network. If you are experiencing any service issues, we must advise you to contact your chosen retail provider.
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.