SIRO is a joint venture infrastucture system from ESB and Vodafone created to provide regional Irish communities with 1Gb 100% fibre powered broadband.
What is SIRO?
SIRO is a national telecoms infrastructure from ESB and Vodafone designed to transform regional Ireland by providing rural towns with lightning fast 100% fibre broadband. As Ireland’s largest fibre-to-the-building operator, SIRO promises to deliver speed, reliability and instant access to homes and businesses across Ireland. With speeds of 1Gb per second, SIRO boasts some of the fastest broadband speeds in the country.
How could it benefit me?
As we already explored in our guide to fibre broadband; fibre powered broadband is more stable than ADSL connections and does not suffer from drops in speed as a result of multiple users. 1Gb speeds mean a whole world of possibilities for consumers both at home and at work. Read on to see how you could benefit.
A superfast and reliable connection means that working and studying from home is now more possible than ever. The stability that fibre connection offers means that you and your household can use many devices without the loss of much speed (unlike with ADSL connections), 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 watch a movie in one room, play X-box in another and download large files all at the same time.
If there’s one place that fast and reliable internet is essential it’s the workplace. In a nutshell, a 1Gb connection, in addition to the benefits mentioned above, offers business a more seamless collaborative experience. As SIRO themselves put 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 1Gb connection means a fast and reliable cloud service, crystal clear video conferencing and lightning quick file sharing capabilities among other things. SIRO is aiming to transform regional Ireland by creating attractive locations for business investment.
Is it available to me?
SIRO is currently available in Carrigaline, Cavan, Drogheda, Dundalk, Ennis, Letterkenny, Mullingar, Skibbereen, Sligo, Tralee and Wexford with many more community areas currently being developed. You can check SIRO’s website for their roll-out map to see when SIRO will be available in your area. Though SIRO is a joint venture between ESB and Vodafone, it is available to purchase through a number of different broadband partners which will vary depending on the area you live in. These are Vodafone, Digiweb, Rocket Broadband, Westnet and Carnsore Broadband.
What kind of prices am I looking at?
Each provider varies slightly but generally the entry level price for SIRO with a top speed of 150Mbps starts at €45 per month. However, if you want to benefit from a full 1Gb connection, you are generally looking at around €85-€90 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 here.