What is SIRO?
SIRO is a joint venture between Vodafone and the ESB. The aim of the project is to roll out an extensive, high-speed, fibre-to-the-home broadband network around Ireland. Fibre-to-the-home is often called pure fibre broadband as it doesn't rely on old telephone copper wires for any of the network.
How fast is SIRO?
For many households, particularly those in more rural areas, the fastest speed available is 100Mbps at most with a part-fibre connection. However SIRO is able to provide pure fibre broadband with speeds of up to 1,000Mbps or 1Gbps, which is significantly faster.
As Ireland’s largest fibre-to-the-home operator, SIRO promises to deliver speed, reliability and gold standard broadband to homes and businesses across Ireland.
How can SIRO deliver such fast speeds?
Well the way your broadband probably works now is that there's a high-speed fibre optic cable going to a telephone exchange cabinet near your home.
From there the internet has to travel through (often old) telephone copper wires for the last few hundred metres or kilometres to your home. As the signal travels along the copper wire it degrades, and the further you are from your local cabinet, the weaker the signal. This is why most broadband providers offer speeds ‘up to (x amount)’ rather than a definite speed.
However SIRO will run a fibre optic cable along the network of ESB poles nationwide and then directly into homes and businesses around the country, making copper cabling redundant and retaining the strong signal. In other words you'll get 100% pure fibre broadband straight into your home. This is what allows the network to provide such lightning-fast speeds, with no real limit on the number of devices that can connect to the network at any one time.
How could SIRO benefit me?
With whippet-quick internet speeds, SIRO opens up a world of possibilities both at home and at work.
A superfast and reliable connection means that working and studying from home is now easier than ever. The stability that a pure fibre connection offers means that you and your household can use many devices without the loss of much speed making it possible for everyone to benefit at the same time.
This is great news for households where families are often put head-to-head fighting over the bandwidth – now you can stream a movie in HD in one room, play X-box in another and download large files all at the same time.
If there’s one place where a fast and reliable broadband service is essential it’s the workplace. In a nutshell, a 1Gbps connection, in addition to the benefits mentioned above, offers business a more seamless collaborative experience and SIRO is aiming to transform regional Ireland by creating attractive locations for business investment.
As SIRO itself puts it: "All over Ireland, sole traders, SMEs, start-ups and regional businesses can now collaborate, expand and grow without facing technological barriers."
To put these speeds into context; a 1Gbps connection means a fast and reliable cloud service, crystal clear video conferencing and Zoom calls, a consistent service for payment card terminals, and lightning-quick file sharing capabilities among other things.
Where is SIRO available?
SIRO-powered broadband is available to almost 500,000 homes and businesses in Ireland, in regions such as Cavan, Dundalk, Westport, Castlebar, Sligo, Carrigaline, Tralee, Navan, Letterkenny, Wexford and parts of Dublin.
SIRO is a wholesale broadband provider which is sold to households by retailers such as Vodafone, Sky and Digiweb, as well as regional providers such as Westnet, Carnsore, Rocket Broadband, Airwave and Kerry Broadband.
Before you sign up with SIRO you'll need to make sure it's available in your area. To check, all you need to do is visit our broadband comparison page and enter your address or eircode. If a SIRO powered broadband package is available in your area, it will appear in your results. Choose the plan you best like the look of and switch - we’ll take care of the rest. It’s as easy as that!
If SIRO isn’t available in your area yet, you can sign up here and as soon as your building is connectable you will be informed by SIRO.
What kinds of prices am I looking at?
Each provider's prices vary. Generally the entry-level price for SIRO with a top speed of 150Mbps starts out at around €20 to €25 per month. However, if you want to benefit from a full 1Gbps connection, you are generally looking at around €50-€80 per month.
If you’d like to find out more about the specifics of SIRO’s service, check out their website here and if you’d like to know more about fibre broadband in general, check out our guide to fibre broadband.