Clonmel To Be Powered By SIRO’s 100% Fibre Optic Gigabit Broadband Network
SIRO, the wholesale broadband operator building Ireland’s 100% fibre-optic broadband network, will update Tipperary County Council (Borough District of Clonmel) today on the roll-out of its 1 Gigabit (1,000Mbps) broadband network in Clonmel. SIRO’s Gigabit connectivity will allow residents and businesses to avail of broadband that is three times faster than the best service available in Dublin (350 Mbps) and 10 times more powerful than the fastest average internet speed in Ireland. As a result, Clonmel will be on a par with leading cities like Hong Kong and Tokyo in the international broadband leagues.
SIRO’s rollout will commence in the Barr an Aird, Ard Aoibhann, Ard na Sidhe, and Longfield areas from the end of May. When construction is completed approximately 10,000 homes and business premises in Clonmel will have access to SIRO’s 100% fibre-optic broadband network. As SIRO is an open access wholesale provider, customers will purchase broadband services from one of SIRO’s retail partners when services go live in late 2018.
SIRO’s Fibre-to-the-Building technology is recognised as the gold standard for broadband connectivity internationally and is 100% fibre-optic, with no copper at any point to slow it down. This means that the internet experience of Clonmel will be transformed, catapulting the town into the international leagues for broadband connectivity creating a platform for future economic development in the region.
Aoife Ni Lochlainn of SIRO said:
“SIRO is delighted to be bringing 100% fibre optic broadband to the people of Clonmel. Businesses will be able to compete online with their international peers, as well as giving residents access to the latest online services in areas like education and remote working. The internet is now at the centre of or lives, whether it’s talking to our loved ones overseas, streaming movies, or selling products to the farthest corners of the globe. Having the same Gigabit connectivity as a city like Tokyo means that Clonmel will experience the latest advances in online education and entertainment, with local Clonmel entrepreneurs and businesses able to bring their ideas to life, trading effortlessly around the world.”
SIRO is a joint venture of ESB and Vodafone which is investing €450 million in building Ireland’s first 100% Fibre-to-the-Building broadband network, offering a 1 GB (1,000 Mb) internet connection to 500,000 premises in fifty towns across Ireland. 150,000 Irish homes and businesses now have access to SIRO’s unrivalled broadband. This is to rise to 250,000 by the end of 2018.
Using the existing ESB network, SIRO delivers fibre optic cables all the way to the building. This technology, known as Fibre-to-the-Building, has no copper connections at any point to slow down the network and delivers 1 Gigabit speeds. For context, downloading a high definition (HD) film of 4 GB (Gigabytes) with a 10 Mbps connection takes an hour – with SIRO it takes 30 seconds.
SIRO is offered on an open-access basis to all telecoms retailers in Ireland. SIRO has formed partnerships with Vodafone, Sky, Carnsore Broadband, Digiweb, Rocket Broadband, Kerry Broadband, Airwire and WestNet, with more retailers expected to come on board as the company drives competition in the wholesale broadband market.