SIRO pushes fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) infrastructure into underserved Dublin communities including the Docklands and Crumlin.
Broadband network business SIRO has revealed it is investing €100m to expand its gigabit broadband roll-out in Dublin.
The investment by SIRO, a joint venture between the ESB and Vodafone, is part of an overall €1bn gigabit broadband network roll-out across Ireland, will make services available to 50,000 homes and business in Dublin city as well as 100,000 premises across the wider Dublin area.
“The presumption that our cities already enjoy universal full fibre connectivity can be inaccurate. Poor broadband can exist in areas of our cities and its suburbs, just as much as it can be found in more remote areas”
The expansion in the capital follows close collaboration with Dublin City Council’s Telecoms Unit and with the broadband officers in the other three Dublin local authorities to advance its Dublin network roll-out.
This is in addition to SIRO’s expanded network footprint across the four Dublin local authority areas, which now encompasses more than 30 suburban towns from Balbriggan in Fingal as far south as Shankill in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown.
SIRO plans to continue to build across Dublin city and county where other commercial opportunities exist.
Lighting up Ireland
“The presumption that our cities already enjoy universal full fibre connectivity can be inaccurate,” said SIRO CEO John Keaney. “Poor broadband can exist in areas of our cities and its suburbs, just as much as it can be found in more remote areas.
“Yet, future-proofed and reliable fibre connectivity is key to the economic life of our capital city and in all the communities which make up its constituent parts.
“SIRO is rolling out our network across Dublin, city and county, because a real need exists to address existing connectivity blackspots. By now reaching areas underserved by fibre to the home broadband, such as the Docklands, East Wall or Crumlin and Walkinstown, we are striving to ensure these areas have the broadband infrastructure essential for the future wider social and economic development of the city,” Keaney added.
SIRO was formed by ESB and Vodafone in 2015 to roll out a new fibre broadband network across Ireland.
To date, SIRO has rolled out network to every county in Ireland with its broadband network in over 135 towns and cities and available to almost 550,000 homes and businesses nationwide. The company is on track to reach 700,000 premises by 2026.
The latest investment in infrastructure in Dublin was welcomed by the Lord Mayor of Dublin Daithí de Róiste.
“This is a really positive investment for Dublin, and I am delighted that the City Council have been able to support SIRO in the delivery of this essential digital infrastructure particularly in areas such as East Wall, Docklands. Kimmage and Crumlin. We need to ensure that all of our communities have access to high quality broadband services and are not left behind as the adoption of new technologies and digital services continue to accelerate.”
Main image at top: SIRO CEO John Keaney with the Lord Mayor of Dublin Daithí de Róiste