SIRO, the fibre broadband wholesaler and joint venture between ESB and Vodafone, today launched a new €4 million fibre broadband network in Longford town. SIRO’s network roll-out will make high speed, reliable fibre broadband available to more than more than 4,000 premises in the town.
The network was officially launched by Minister for State for Local Government and Planning, and Longford-Westmeath TD, Peter Burke in the Longford Arms Hotel.
The announcement follows on from SIRO’s launch of their national network expansion in October 2021, where the company confirmed that a further 90 new towns, including Longford town, would receive its’ 100% fibre-to-the-premises broadband.
This is in addition to the existing 64 towns already connected to SIRO’s network, including the midland towns of Mullingar, Athlone and Portlaoise. Currently, SIRO’s broadband network is available to 430, 000 homes and businesses, growing to 770,000 over the next four years.
SIRO’s state-of-the-art fibre broadband network is built on the ESB electricity infrastructure, trusted for its’ reliability and resilience.
3,000 premises in Longford town can avail of SIRO’s fibre broadband network by the end of 2022, with the network to reach over 4,000. SIRO’s overall investment in Longford town will represents a €4 million by the company. TLI is the contractor on the ground in Longford working with SIRO to ‘light up’ the town with high-speed fibre broadband.
Some of the first areas in Longford town that can avail of SIRO’s gigabit broadband are Dublin Street, Chapel Lane, Ballymahon Street, College Park, Canal Close, Harbour View, Fairgreen View, Farneyhoogan, Railway Meadow, and Western Park.
Having a reliable internet connection is now an essential utility, as important electricity or gas. Research commissioned by SIRO earlier this year found that connectivity is also a key consideration when people are choosing where to live. The research found that 53% of under 35’s rank broadband as the most important factor when choosing a home.
SIRO’s fibre connectivity is the last connection a home or business in Longford town will ever need, as its gigabit speeds are scalable and future-proofed for future demand – up to 25 Gigabits.
SIRO as an open access wholesaler, partners with 19 broadband retailers across Ireland, to ensure that customers and businesses enjoy greater choice and competition.
CEO of SIRO John Keaney, commented: “Connectivity is an enabler of growth for communities and towns within Ireland, and we are delighted to provide Longford town with a robust, reliable connection that can serve the people and businesses of the town for years to come. Since the pandemic, people have begun to recognise the value that a dependable, fibre connection can add to one’s way of life or business. With SIRO’s gigabit broadband, you can work anytime, and anywhere, stay connected to family and friends or live stream videos or gaming without any lag or downtime. More than 4,000 homes and businesses in Longford town will be able to access SIRO’s fibre broadband network, giving these premises a 100% fibre connection, which supports working from home and more lived-in, sustainable communities vs. commuter towns. SIRO’s fibre broadband will also attract further investment to the town and support local business to grow and develop particularly through greater use of digital technologies.”
Minister of State for Planning and Government Peter Burke and TD for Longford-Westmeath stated: “This investment represents a significant gain for the people and businesses of Longford who can now access 100% fibre to meet the immense demand we all have for connectivity these days, whether this is for educational, leisure or business purposes. It is a key commitment of this Government to achieve balanced regional development with emphasis on growth outside of Dublin. High-speed broadband facilitated by SIRO will enable Longford businesses to maintain a level playing field and will act as another great reason to attract jobs and opportunities to Longford and the wider Midlands region. I congratulate SIRO on their expansion and look forward to seeing more and more locals reap the benefits of this fantastic service”
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