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John Keaney New CEO

Michelle Mullally appointed as CFO of SIRO

Outgoing CEO Sean Atkinson returns to ESB to head up ESB International 

6 November : John Keaney has been appointed as CEO of SIRO, the joint venture of ESB and Vodafone which is investing €450 million in building Ireland’s first 100% Fibre-to-the-Building broadband network, with outgoing CEO Sean Atkinson taking up a new role as Head of ESB International following a four-year term at SIRO.

Prior to his new position, Keaney served as Financial Director at SIRO since 2014. He joined SIRO following a ten-year period with Vodafone where he served in a variety of roles including Head of Financial Operations and Financial Controller. Prior to joining Vodafone in 2004, Keaney was a senior manager with Deloitte. He holds an Economics degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Commenting on the announcement, John Keaney, SIRO CEO said, “I am delighted to take up this new role at this exciting time for the company. SIRO is transforming over 50 regional towns and is helping to enable Ireland’s Gigabit Society. Our network has now passed 200,000 homes and is already having a positive impact on the lives of people in the 30 towns where our services are live.”

SIRO’s 1 Gigabit broadband network is now live in 30 towns across the country, with 10 retailers offering connections to 200,000 homes and businesses. SIRO is offered on an open-access basis to all telecoms retailers in Ireland.  SIRO has formed partnerships with 10 operators – Vodafone, Digiweb, Sky, BT, Carnsore Broadband, Rocket Broadband, Kerry Broadband, eNet, Airwire and WestNet – with more retailers expected to come on board as the company drives competition in the wholesale broadband market.

Using the existing ESB network, SIRO delivers fibre optic cables all the way to the building. This 100% fibre optic network has no copper connections at any point to slow it down and delivers 1 Gigabit (1,000 Megabit) internet speeds. This technology, known as “Fibre-to-the-Building” is recognised as the gold standard for broadband connectivity internationally

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.