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What is SIRO?

What is SIRO?

SIRO is a joint venture between Vodafone and the ESB. The aim of the project is to develop an extensive, high-speed, fibre-to-the-home broadband network around Ireland. Fibre-to-the-home is often called pure fibre as it doesn't rely on old telephone copper wires for any of the network. 

How fast is SIRO?

Currently the fastest broadband speeds top out at around 360Mb, but many households achieve far lower speeds. However SIRO will be able to provide speeds of up to 1,000Mb or 1Gb, 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 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.

At home:

A superfast and reliable connection means that working and studying from home is now more possible than ever. The stability that a 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 stream a movie in one room, play X-box in another and download large files all at the same time.  

At work:

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 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 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?

Broadband powered by SIRO is currently available for purchase on bonkers.ie through retailers Vodafone and Digiweb. 

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 kind of prices am I looking at?

Each provider varies slightly. Generally the entry-level price for SIRO with a top speed of 150Mb starts at around €45 per month. However, if you want to benefit from a full 1Gb connection, you are generally looking at around €50-€80 per month.   

Learn more:

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.

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