SIRO-powered broadband is available to an estimated 500,000 homes and business in Ireland, in regions such as Cavan, Dundalk, Westport, Castlebar, Sligo, Carrigaline, Tralee, Navan, Letterkenny and Wexford.
SIRO is a wholesale broadband provider which uses fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) connections to provide speeds of up to 1,000 Mbps to homes and business in Ireland. SIRO’s broadband is sold to households by retailers such as Vodafone and Digiweb, as well as regional providers such as Westnet, Carnsore, Rocket Broadband, Airwave and Kerry Broadband.
Since SIRO is a 100% fibre-optic network that connects directly your home, it is able to offer reliable speeds of up to 1,000 Mbps, which is the fastest broadband speed available in Ireland.
The National Broadband Plan is an initiative set out by the Government to deliver high speed broadband services to all premises in Ireland with a particular focus on rural and hard-to-reach areas in which commercial broadband providers are not operating.
The main goal of the NPB is to make broadband with a standard base speed of at least 30Mbps available to all premises in Ireland, no matter how rural or remote.
The plan will be delivered through a combination of commercial and State led investment. Once completed, all parts of Ireland will have access to a modern and reliable broadband network, capable of supporting current and future generations.
According to the Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment today over seven in 10 premises have access to high speed broadband from commercial broadband operators. Most of the covered premises are located in more urban and regional areas around the country.
This leaves approximately 540,000 premises where commercial broadband operators are not providing, and will not provide service in the future. These homes and businesses are located in what is known as the State intervention area, of which the National Broadband Plan is targeting. They are generally located in remote, or rural areas.
Depending on the region or area of Ireland that you live in, the maximum possible broadband connections available can range from between 24Mbps to 1000Mbps.
The maximum capable speed in a given area is generally dependent on the age and sophistication of the infrastructure that delivers it. New infrastructure capable of ultra fast speeds via fibre-to-the-home connections are being rolled out all the time across the country by the likes of eir and SIRO but that newer technology doesn’t necessarily replace older infrastructure which is why there can be a lot of disparity from area to area.
There are currently four major broadband providers (as well as several smaller providers) operating in Ireland. These are eir, Vodafone, Virgin Media and Sky. The good news is, if you live in a city or large town chances are a broadband service will be available to you from one or more of these providers.
Once you look outside into more rural areas, things get a little tricky when it comes to finding a decent broadband connection.
The Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment provides an interactive broadband coverage map which is updated quarterly to show progress of both the NBP and broadband coverage in general.
It is colour coded in amber, light blue and blue to show areas included in the State intervention area (areas to be covered by the NBP), areas where eir has committed to commercial rural deployment plans to rollout high speed broadband to 300,000 premises by the end of 2018 and where commercial operators are delivering or have indicated plans to deliver high speed broadband services, respectively.
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