SIRO, the joint venture between Vodafone Ireland and sustainable energy company ESB, has passed 36,500 premises with fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) technology, according to Siliconrepublic. This figure puts it marginally ahead of eir (formerly Eircom), which reported last week that its FTTH network footprint encompasses 34,000 premises. SIRO is aiming to extend its reach to a total of 200,000 premises by the end of 2017, while it intends to use existing ESB infrastructure to bring 1Gbps services to 50 towns around Ireland and some 500,000 premises in 2018.
Commenting on the latest rollout achievement, SIRO’s CEO Sean Atkinson said: ‘Despite beginning construction just over a year ago, we are now Ireland’s largest FTTH provider and are on our way to establishing SIRO as Ireland’s new national telecoms infrastructure … We are now passing 10,000 premises per month and will speed up our rollout over the next year. We are already starting to see the impact that SIRO is having, with initiatives like the Ludgate Hub illustrating how gigabit connectivity can spark a digital transformation in towns like Skibbereen.’