SIRO has today announced a pilot programme for a potential second phase of its network rollout, in response to the positive reaction the company has received since its launch in May.
The pilot programme will involve two ‘test’ areas – a small-medium sized town (Skibbereen, Co. Cork) and one rural location in Ireland. Its purpose is to evaluate the potential for a second phase of SIRO’s network roll-out. SIRO will announce the rural location which will form part of the pilot in the coming weeks.
The selection of Skibbereen as a test area is on the basis that the town has approximately 1,000 premises and is not currently served by high-speed broadband. This is the type of town that SIRO may target as part of a potential second phase of its rollout into the future. SIRO trials will be conducted in Skibbereen in 2016.
Today SIRO also announced that it has also been selected to provide 1GB connectivity to Ludgate Hub an initiative in Skibbereen which aims to create an entrepreneurial ecosystem in the West Cork region.
“This pilot opportunity will allow us to investigate the potential of whether to proceed with a second phase of our 100% fibre network roll-out to smaller towns nationwide and we look forward to getting feedback from pilot participants in Skibbereen.”
Sean Atkinson, SIRO CEO
Sean Atkinson CEO of SIRO said;
“Skibbereen has a fantastic business ecosystem and SIRO is delighted to provide 1GB fibre connectivity to the Ludgate Hub. It is the ideal test-bed to match some of Ireland’s brightest entrepreneurial minds with the most advanced 100% fibre optic broadband technology in Ireland.”
SIRO will announce its rural test location as part of this pilot programme in the coming weeks.
SIRO is currently rolling out to 50 large regional towns nationwide, with construction work already underway in Dundalk, Co. Louth.