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260 jobs to be created

From Towns to Fibrehoods!

  • 260 jobs to be created as part of the project - 60 jobs in SIRO with 200 additional construction jobs supported by the roll-out
  • Ten towns – Cavan, Dundalk, Westport, Castlebar, Sligo, Carrigaline, Tralee, Navan, Letterkenny and Wexford – revealed as Ireland’s first Gigabit towns or “fibrehoods”

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Communications Minister Energy Alex White today unveiled SIRO as the new brand of ESB and Vodafone Ireland’s fibre broadband joint venture company. As part of the launch, the Taoiseach announced that SIRO will employ 60 people, and a further 200 construction jobs will be supported across Ireland as part of the rollout of the network. SIRO is investing €450 million in building Ireland’s first 100% fibre-to-the-building broadband network, offering speeds from 200 Mbps to 1000 Mbps to 500,000 premises in fifty regional towns, revolutionising the broadband market in Ireland.

The first ten locations, dubbed Ireland’s first Gigabit towns or “fibrehoods”, to be included in SIRO’s roll-out are Cavan, Dundalk, Westport, Castlebar, Sligo, Carrigaline, Tralee, Navan, Letterkenny and Wexford. Construction on the network began last September delivering 1 Gigabit speeds to 300 homes in Cavan, and continues this summer. The initial phase of the project, which consists of fifty towns, is expected to be fully rolled-out by the end of 2018 with scope for a second phase that will reach 300 smaller towns.

Commenting at the launch the Taoiseach said:

This Government is serious about broadband. High speed broadband is a necessity for all Irish homes and businesses as we connect Ireland to the world and create new jobs. This is why the Government supported the joint venture between ESB and Vodafone to create SIRO. Today’s launch of SIRO will light up Ireland.

Communications Minister Alex White said:

The formation of SIRO has added a hugely competitive dynamic to the Irish market, and it comes at a critical time in the development of our broadband infrastructure. These developments are encompassed by the National Broadband Plan, which is in the process of delivering high speed broadband to every home, school and business in Ireland, regardless of its location.