SIRO, the ESB-Vodafone joint venture, which is delivering Ireland’s first 100 per cent fibre-optic broadband network nationwide, has announced that Skibbereen will become the 51st town to be included in its national rollout. Construction on the network in the town will commence next summer.
Skibbereen was originally selected for a pilot programme to evaluate the potential for a second phase of SIRO’s network rollout that will target small-to-medium sized towns and SIRO has now decided to roll out its network to the whole town. It now becomes the eighth area in Co. Cork to form part of SIRO’s rollout, joining Carrigaline, Ballincollig, Cobh, Mallow, Middleton, Little Island and Cork city.
Commenting, Sean Atkinson CEO of SIRO said: “We are delighted to make Skibbereen our 51st town, revolutionising the broadband experience with our network, which is a 100 per cent fibre optic service. Different and better than any other broadband infrastructure in Ireland and with no copper connection at any point, SIRO is powered by light, and will power Skibbereen’s digital future. We have already delivered 1Gb connectivity to Ludgate@Skibbereen, a key factor in helping the team there to create an entrepreneurial ecosystem in the West Cork region.”
“Skibbereen will now have the same connectivity as leading international hubs such as Tokyo or Hong Kong, which means that residents and businesses will be able to take advantage of the latest technological developments in areas like remote working and telemedicine. The town’s broadband network will be four times faster than that which is available in Dublin, which will help to attract more people and businesses to the region, as well as entrepreneurs starting their own businesses in Skibbereen.”
All homeowners and businesspeople in Skibbereen who are interested in receiving updates on the rollout of SIRO should register for further details at www.siro.ie.