SIRO reveals €50m fibre broadband investment for south Dublin

250 construction jobs to be sustained by SIRO during two-year works.

SIRO has revealed that it is investing €50m to bring high-speed fibre broadband to more than 70,000 homes and businesses in Dún Laoghaire Rathdown and across south County Dublin.

More than 250 construction jobs will be sustained during two-year works that are to take place in Dún Laoghaire town, Dundrum, Goatstown, Blackrock, Foxrock, Stillorgan, Deansgrange, Sandyford, Killiney and Shankill.

“Poor broadband is not exclusively a regional issue”

SIRO’s contracting partners on the project include Gaeltec, Richard Nolan Civil Engineering and TLI.

Key areas targeted by SIRO include Dún Laoghaire town, Foxrock, Blackrock, Stillorgan, Cabinteely, Deansgrange, Carrickmines, Dundrum, Ballinteer, Sandyford, Killiney and Shankill. In total, SIRO is targeting to reach over 70,000 premises – residential and commercial – within its network footprint.

Better broadband everywhere

“Poor broadband is not exclusively a regional issue,” said SIRO CEO John Keaney.

“Anyone who lives in or runs a business in our capital and its suburbs can also face connectivity issues.

“SIRO is working to address this issue, giving residents and businesses of South County Dublin access to world class broadband. Today’s announcement sets out our intent for areas in Dún Laoghaire Rathdown over the next two years.

“In addition to our roll-out in North Dublin and Fingal, which is well advanced and ongoing, we are now committing to bring world-class fibre connectivity to tens of thousands of more premises across South Dublin,” Keaney added.

SIRO, a joint venture between ESB and Vodafone, is currently rolling out a 100% fibre broadband network across 154 towns and cities across Ireland, with services currently available to 450,000+ premises and reaching 770,000 premises over the next four years. The company rolls out its 100% fibre broadband network by using the existing ESB electricity network and following it into the heart of each home and business.

“In an increasingly digitised world SIRO’s planned fibre broadband rollout is a most welcome development in Dún Laoghaire Rathdown,” said Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Local Authority CEO Frank Curran.

“This type of high-speed connectivity infrastructure directly affects thousands of homes and businesses in a very positive way.”

The broadband network operator already has a significant network presence in North Dublin, where its rollout is ongoing and where the SIRO network has already passed over 60,000 homes and businesses.

The company places a strong emphasis on bringing innovation to the Irish broadband market. Over the last 12 months, it has launched 2Gbps speeds for residential users and up to 10Gbps for enterprise.

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