SIRO, Sky partner for Irish gigabit broadband

Irish open-access wholesale broadband provider SIRO is partnering with multiplay operator Sky Ireland to deliver high speed fibre services to consumers. The partnership is the latest investment by Sky in its infrastructure in Ireland as part of its strategy to ensure that its customers can avail of the highest broadband speeds across the country.

Having established a broadband subscriber base of 180,000 customers since entering the Irish broadband market in 2013, Sky Ireland has added more net subscriptions during this period than any other broadband retailer, making it the fastest growing broadband provider in the country. The decision to offer services powered by SIRO in 2018 supports Sky’s roadmap for increased on-demand content services, which all require high broadband bandwidth requirements.

SIRO’s fibre technology is 100 per cent fibre-optic, with the company claiming it can deliver download speeds of up to 1 Gigabit per second, and is three times faster than the best service available in Dublin (350 Mbps) and 10 times more powerful than the fastest average internet speed in Ireland.

“Consumer interest in on-demand content is skyrocketing, which means that households need more powerful broadband connectivity if they want to enjoy the future of entertainment,” remarked SIRO CEO Sean Atkinson. “SIRO is building the only 100 per cent fibre-optic network in Ireland, which means that people using our services are guaranteed the best broadband experience in the country as there is nothing faster than the speed of light. We’re very proud in this respect that Sky has chosen to partner with us to help fulfil its broadband ambitions in Ireland.”

“This deal with SIRO reflects our continued commitment to investment in infrastructure in Ireland and will mean our customers will enjoy ultra-fast gigabit connectivity which will transform the way they use Sky and consume content,” added JD Buckley, Managing Director, Sky Ireland. “We want our customers to have the fastest available speeds to the widest possible footprint across Ireland and SIRO are an important strategic partner in helping us realise that goal.”

The SIRO network covers over 110,000 premises, with services now live or under construction in 25 towns across Ireland including Dundalk, Carrigaline, Sligo, Letterkenny, Tralee, Cavan, Wexford, Skibbereen, Drogheda, Mullingar, Portlaoise, Ennis, Castlebar, Westport, Limerick, Newbridge, Carlow, Swords, Balbriggan, Bray, Greystones, Athlone, Killarney, Shannon and Mallow.

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