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Newbridge Gigabit Town

Newbridge to become Ireland’s latest Gigabit town with SIRO’s 100% fibre broadband network

SIRO, the wholesale broadband operator building a 100% fibre-optic broadband network in 50 towns nationwide, has today announced that service of its 1 Gigabit broadband service is now live in Newbridge, with packages already available from Vodafone and Digiweb. Services are available to an initial 4,500 homes and businesses, as SIRO’s rollout in Newbridge continues to expand.

SIRO will have a transformative effect on Newbridge, putting it on a par with leading international hubs like Hong Kong or Tokyo for broadband connectivity. As a result, the town will become a more attractive location for foreign direct investment, whilst also giving businesses already located in Newbridge a step up in order to compete with firms across the globe selling online. Newbridge residents will also be able to take advantage of the latest broadband services in areas like education, healthcare and remote working.

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 will mean that consumers and businesses will be able to avail of 1 Gigabit internet connection. 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. As SIRO is an open access wholesale provider, customers will purchase broadband services from one of SIRO’s retail partners such as Vodafone or Digiweb.

Sean Atkinson, CEO of SIRO said:

“This is the moment life in Newbridge changes forever as Gigabit connectivity gives the town the same broadband connectivity as Hong Kong or Tokyo. As a result, there’s no reason why the next Facebook or Google could not be created in the town. Newbridge is already well known for being home to numerous leading businesses such as Lily O’Briens, Newbridge Silverware and Pfizer, and today’s announcement will help attract more leading brands to the town. Similarly, with many commuters making their way to Dublin every day, remote working will become a real option thanks to SIRO helping to create a better work life balance.”

SIRO is offered on an open-access basis to all telecoms retailers in Ireland. SIRO has formed partnerships with Vodafone, BT, enet, Carnsore Broadband, Digiweb, Rocket Broadband and WestNet, with more retailers expected to come on board as the company drives competition in the wholesale broadband market.

The SIRO network now covers 100,000 premises, with services now live or under construction in 25 towns across the country including Dundalk, Carrigaline, Sligo, Letterkenny, Tralee, Cavan, Wexford, Skibbereen, Drogheda, Mullingar, Portlaoise, Ennis, Castlebar, Westport, Limerick, Newbridge, Carlow, Swords, Balbriggan, Bray, Greystones, Athlone, Killarney, Shannon and Mallow.

To find out more, please visit SIRO’s pop-up experience at the White Water Shopping Centre in Newbridge on Thursday 26th of October.