A number of towns and cities across Ireland will now have more options for accessing SIRO-powered broadband with Digiweb the latest provider to offer the superfast service in parts of the country.
There have been some major developments in the world of broadband over the past number of months, including the beginning of works on the National Broadband Plan, and it all spells good news for consumers.
Adding to that good news is the announcement that broadband provider Digiweb has expanded its SIRO broadband service into a number of new locations across the country, coupled with some enticing new offers!
To find out what's available just read on.
Digiweb is a communications operator providing telecoms services across Ireland. Founded in 1997 and based in Dundalk, Digiweb provides nationwide broadband access and telephone services to residential and business customers in every county of Ireland.
Remind me, what is SIRO?
SIRO is a joint venture between the ESB and Vodafone which is building a 100% fibre-optic, fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) broadband infrastructure around Ireland.
It offers 100% fibre broadband straight into your home by using the existing network of ESB electricity poles to run most of the fibre-optic cables.
If you'd like to read up on SIRO you can have a read of our article giving you the full details of what it's all about here.
So, what’s new?
Digiweb has recently announced the expansion of its SIRO-supported broadband service into Waterford City, and Bray and Greystones in Co. Wicklow, as well as Ennis, Shannon and the surrounding areas.
In tandem with the role out to new locations, the communications operator is offering new customers a special offer on its fibre-powered internet, with prices starting from just €24.95 for the first four months, and for a limited time only!
The new expansion will bring the 100% fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) connection to more than 300,000 new homes and businesses, through Digiweb’s SIRO-powered “Electric broadband” plan, and will see customers avail of speeds of up to 1000Mbps, or 1Gbps.
Operations Manager for Digiweb Brendan McGahon commented on the announcement and said: “We are delighted to further expand our Electric Broadband powered by SIRO service into Waterford City, Wicklow, including Bray and Greystones, Ennis, Shannon and surrounding areas.
We have been working hard for the past number of months to provide the residents and businesses of these areas with a future-proofed fibre-to-the-home solution. We can now provide state of the art 100% fibre-to-the-home broadband to these homes and businesses. With speeds of up to 1000Mbps available, this broadband service is the fastest, most powerful available in Ireland!”
What plans are available
New customers can opt for Digiweb’s ‘Electric Broadband 1000’ which boasts speeds of up to 1Gbps and all for €24.95 for the first four months.
After the initial four-month period the plan will revert to €54.95 per month for the next eight months, and €59.95 per month thereafter.
The total cost for the first year is €588.40, which includes €180 of discounts and setup costs of €49.
Customers can also avail of Digiweb’s ‘Electric Broadband 1000 & Talk off-peak’ which, for the same price, you can enjoy home phone services with 1,500 minutes per month to Irish, national and UK landlines at evenings and weekends.
Talk off-peak also includes 30 minutes per month to Irish and UK mobiles at evenings and weekends.
Digiweb is now one of 10 SIRO-powered broadband providers across the country, including Vodafone, Sky, and Pure Telecom as well as some lesser-known providers such as Westnet and Kerry Broadband.
Pros and cons
The broadband connection from SIRO provides speeds of up to 1000Mbps, or 1Gbps. This is over 15 times faster than the average speeds available in Ireland. To put this in context, downloading a 4GB film with a 10Mbps connection takes one hour - with SIRO it takes 30 seconds. So, pretty, pretty fast.
While these speeds are eye-wateringly good, it's worth noting that despite the speed offered, the average speed for this service has not yet been provided. The listed speed is the maximum achievable speed as advertised by the supplier and is not necessarily the speed you will consistently receive.
The new deal from Digiweb, offering 1Gbps speeds for only €24.95 for the first four months is very tempting. But how does it stack up to other broadband offers available?
The decision to get SIRO comes down to two deciding factors. And they are, one, whether it's available in your area or not, and two, what your needs are in terms of speed.
For example, if you were to compare Digiweb's Electric Broadband 1000 offer with say, Virgin Media's Naked 250, offering speeds of 250Mbps, there's very little difference in terms of price.
In fact, Digiweb's offering actually has a cheaper first-year cost of €588.40, compared to Virgin's €594 for the year, that is if you jump on the current offer from Digiweb before it expires.
To reiterate, it all depends on your needs. There are cheaper broadband-only deals out there, but if you're looking for a superfast broadband connection and it's available where you are, it is possible to sign up to Digiweb and receive a much faster connection for a really great price.
What are your thoughts
Do you have SIRO-powered broadband? Is it everything you expected and more? Let us know in the comments below.