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Tralee announced as SIRO-powered town

Tralee is now SIRO-powered with 100% fibre optic broadband network

SIRO, the ESB-Vodafone joint venture which is delivering Ireland’s first 100% fibre-optic broadband network to 50 towns nationwide, has today announced that its Tralee rollout has commenced with over 1,000 premises passed to date. The announcement was made at Ballygarry House Hotel in association with the Tralee Chamber Alliance.

Tralee is the first town in Kerry that will receive the service, with Killarney also due to be connected as part of the first phase of SIRO’s rollout to 50 regional towns. SIRO’s Gigabit broadband network is three times as powerful as the market leading service in Dublin and ten times as powerful as the market leading service in rural Ireland.

The 100% fibre optic service is powered by light, making it different and better than anything other broadband infrastructure in Ireland, with no copper connection at any point in the network. It will transform the internet experience of SMEs, remote workers and consumers in Tralee. A high definition film (4GB) takes one hour to download with a 10mbps connection – with SIRO it will take 30 seconds.

SIRO is unique in that it exclusively offers a wholesale open access network meaning that it will be available to all telecoms operators in Ireland to resell to their customers. Tralee residents and businesses will be able to purchase broadband powered by SIRO from companies such as Vodafone, enabling them to avail of a future proofed service.

Welcoming the rollout of SIRO, Moira Murrell, Chief Executive of Kerry County Council said,

“Kerry County Council welcomes this event. It is very positive for the County of Kerry that a new competitive player has entered the Kerry broadband market. Kerry County Council will continue to work with all providers to roll out broadband which is essential to the growth of Kerry into the future.”

Kieran Ruttledge, CEO of the Tralee Chamber Alliance said,

“We welcome the announcement by SIRO that it will deliver a 100% fibre broadband network to Tralee. The existence of leading communications infrastructure is vital to businesses in Tralee, supporting their future growth and development. SIRO in Tralee will mean that businesses here can compete on a level playing field with counterparts not only in Ireland, but internationally and will be vital in attracting further investment to the town.”

Sean Atkinson, CEO of SIRO, added:

“SIRO is broadband at its best and our aim is to deliver a Gigabit society in Ireland. The rollout will have as big an impact as rural electrification and will change how people live and work forever. Our network is different and better than any other technology as it is powered entirely by light, future-proofing Kerry’s broadband needs for decades. We will enable Tralee to compete for foreign direct investment, enable local entrepreneurs to create the next Google or Facebook and let the public avail of next generation services in areas like education, health and remote working.”