Irish wholesale broadband provider SIRO has revealed plans to invest EUR60 million (USD70 million) on the deployment of fibre infrastructure in the city of Cork and some of the surrounding towns in the southern Ireland county. SIRO, a joint venture between Irish utility firm Electricity Supply Board (ESB) and Vodafone Group, said this latest investment will bring its fibre-based Gigabit broadband services to an additional 75.000-plus homes and businesses in county Cork, taking its total reach in the county to 85,000. Meanwhile, in Cork City itself, the firm will work with China’s Huawei to roll out fibre infrastructure to 65,000 premises, while its recently-appointed partner – TLI Group – will be responsible for rolling out fibre to a further 10,000 homes and businesses in the towns of Carrigtwohill, Midleton, Blarney, Tower and Charleville.
Commenting on the initiative, SIRO chief executive Sean Atkinson, said: ‘Our Gigabit connectivity will complement Cork’s rich technology heritage and put it on a par with international cities like Hong Kong and Tokyo,’ while Eric Yang, President of the Vodafone Account at Huawei, added: ‘Huawei is delighted to be delivering SIRO’s 100% fibre-optic broadband to Cork City, designing and building a network that will future proof Cork City’s broadband requirements for generations.’
The latest expansion phase builds on previous work carried out by SIRO in the towns of Carrigaline, Skibbereen and Mallow (all Cork County). In total, the firm has deployed infrastructure to 185,000 premises in 40 towns in Ireland. Looking ahead, SIRO has also confirmed that it expects to bring its total footprint to 225,000 homes passed by the end of the year. SIRO offers its services on an open-access basis to all telecoms retailers in Ireland and to date has formed partnerships with: Vodafone Ireland, Digiweb, Sky Ireland, BT Ireland, Carnsore Broadband, Rocket Broadband, Kerry Broadband, eNet, Airwire and WestNet.