17 Sep 2018 | 10.45 am
SIRO To Invest €60m In Cork City Network
75,000 premises to get 1Gb broadband
17 Sep 2018 | 10.45 am
Broadband provider SIRO is to invest €60m in a plan to make Cork city the broadband capital of Ireland, extending its existing 1,000Mbs network in the area to 75,000 more homes and businesses.
It will be the first time for SIRO to build a Gigabit network for a city of Cork’s scale, with 65,000 of the premises to be served falling inside the city’s boundaries.
The other 10,000 will be in five further towns in Cork county, being added to the existing network in Carrigaline, Skibbereen and Mallow. The five selected are Carrigtwohill, Midleton, Blarney, Tower and Charleville.
SIRO has appointed Huawei as its build partner for the Cork city network. The companies have collaborated to run a successful trial of XGS-PON technology on SIRO’s fibre network, which achieved speeds of 10 Gigabits per second.
SIRO chief executive Sean Atkinson commented: “Today’s announcement will firmly establish Cork as the broadband capital of Ireland. Our Gigabit connectivity will complement Cork’s rich technology heritage and put it on a par with international cities like Hong Kong and Tokyo.
“Cork city is ideally placed to leverage this, with in excess of one million square feet of office space due to come on stream over the next year, with rental prices less than half the price of equivalent space in Dublin on average, a 23% lower cost of living, and a talented workforce with half of the Cork population under 35 years of age.”
SIRO is also adding two more towns to its network in Tipperary, namely Nenagh and Roscrea. The two towns join Clonmel, where construction of the network began early in the summer.
SIRO’s rollout will commence in the Abbey Court, Brook Lands and Ormond Drive areas of Nenagh from the beginning of October. Roscrea will follow in early 2019. When construction in the three towns is completed approximately 16,000 homes and business premises in Nenagh, Roscrea and Clonmel will have access to SIRO’s 100% fibre-optic broadband network.
As SIRO is an open access wholesale provider, customers will purchase broadband services from one of SIRO’s retail partners when services go live in Clonmel late 2018 and Nenagh in Early 2019.
The TLI Group, which has already worked with SIRO in Clonmel and in other towns in the South and South West, has been appointed as build partner for Nenagh and Roscrea.
SIRO is a joint venture of the ESB and Vodafone, which is building Ireland’s first 100% fibre-to-the-building broadband network. Using the existing ESB network, SIRO delivers fibre optic cables to the building.
Photo (l-r): Bill O’Connell, Cork Chamber; Tánaiste Simon Coveney; Jerry O’Sullivan, ESB; and Anne O’Leary, Vodafone (Pic: Darragh Kane)