Irish open-access broadband provider SIRO, which seeks to deliver a 100% fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) network across Ireland, has announced that it has signed a EUR25 million (USD29.4 million) contract with Huawei Technologies covering Phase One of its deployment. The contract will see Huawei supply SIRO with end-to-end network equipment for its initial deployment to 50 regional towns. The contract was announced at Huawei’s Ultra-Broadband Forum (UBBF) 2017 in Hangzhou. Previously, SIRO partnered with Huawei on the company’s pilot rollout in Cavan Town in 2015.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, SIRO is a joint venture between Vodafone Ireland and the Irish utility firm Electricity Supply Board (ESB). Fibre connectivity is offered on an open-access basis to all telecoms retailers in Ireland, and to date SIRO has formed partnerships with the likes of Vodafone, Digiweb, BT, enet, Carnsore Broadband, Skytel and WestNet.