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Carrigaline first town in Cork to get ESB-Vodafone broadband lines

October 11th, 2015 5:10 PM

By Siobhan Cronin

At the announcement of Carrigaline as County Cork's first SIRO-powered town were Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney TD and Sean Atkinson, chief executive, SIRO.

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CARRIGALINE has been chosen as the first town in Cork to get the ground-breaking broadband scheme developed by SIRO, an ESB-Vodafone joint venture.

Siro is delivering Ireland’s first 100% fibre optic broadband network to 50 towns nationwide, by piggy-backing on existing ESB infrastructure and power lines.

The rollout of SIRO’s network is currently underway in Carrigaline and services will be available from broadband retailers this winter. 

The rollout of SIRO’s network will also be extended to Ballincollig, Cobh, Mallow, Midleton, Little Island and Cork city, and Skibbereen has been named as a major hub to get the infrastructure in Phase II of the plan.

The TLI Group has been awarded the contract to work with SIRO to build the 100% fibre optic broadband network and they have created 40 jobs for six months as a result of the work.

 SIRO’s key differentiator is that it is a 100% fibre optic internet connection, making it different and better than any other broadband infrastructure in Ireland, with no copper connection at any point in the network.  

It will transform the internet experience of businesses, community organisations and consumers in Carrigaline.  

For example, a high definition film (4GB) takes one hour to download with a 10mbps internet connection, but with SIRO it will take 30 seconds.

 SIRO’s 100% fibre broadband network will be deployed on ESB’s existing overhead and underground infrastructure, ensuring a fast and cost efficient roll-out to every county in Ireland and reversing the digital divide between the capital and regional towns.  

SIRO will enable each community that is part of its network to avail of the latest developments in areas like ecommerce and telemedicine, which will encourage more people to pursue of business opportunities, establish new companies and take advantage of remote working.  

Better connectivity is a key factor for attracting investment to regions and SIRO’s 100% fibre optic broadband network will put towns like Carrigaline on a par with leading international hubs like Tokyo and Hong Kong.

The announcement follows the August announcement of Skibbereen as a test area for the second phase of SIRO’s rollout.  

SIRO is also providing 1Gb connectivity to Ludgate Hub – an initiative in Skibbereen which aims to create an entrepreneurial ecosystem in the West Cork region.

 SIRO is investing €450m building Ireland’s first 100% fibre-to-the-building broadband network, offering 1 gigabit connectivity to 500,000 premises in fifty regional towns, revolutionising the broadband market in Ireland. 

The service, which will be built on the existing electrical network, will be made available on a wholesale basis to all telecoms retailers.  

The rollout of SIRO’s network is already currently underway in Sligo city and Dundalk town.  

All homeowners and businesspeople in Carrigaline who are interested in receiving updates on the rollout of SIRO should register for further details at www.siro.ie.

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