Siro connects with Carnsore Broadband to light up Wexford

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Wexford provider Carnsore Broadband is the latest firm to sign up with Siro on a wholesale basis. Image: Paul Mullins/Shutterstock

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Carnsore Broadband has become the latest reseller to join up with Siro, bringing 1Gbps broadband services to south-east Ireland.

Carnsore Broadband originally began as a community project in Carne in 2006, before incorporating as a company to provide broadband services across Wexford.

The company will launch a number of 100pc fibre-optic broadband packages for both residential and business customers in Wexford town.

‘As a Wexford born-and-bred company, we have seen first-hand how vital internet access has become for the personal and professional lives of everyone in the county’
– BARRY DARMODY

This will provide services on par with broadband currently enjoyed in Tokyo and Hong Kong.

Lighting up the south-east with fibre

Siro, a €450m joint venture between ESB and Vodafone, is delivering fibre-to-the-building connectivity. It is capable of speeds up to 1Gbps spreading over 500,000 premises, and its network is open to operators on a wholesale basis.

The company is one of three firms shortlisted to compete for the National Broadband Plan, an intervention strategy spearheaded by the Irish Government that is valued at €500m.

“Our partnership with Carnsore Broadband is the latest example of how Siro is transforming the broadband experience across Ireland,” said Sean Atkinson, CEO of Siro.

“Not only are we delivering gigabit connectivity to 50 towns across the country, but we are also giving regional broadband providers like Carnsore Broadband the firepower to compete with national broadband providers.”

By the end of 2016, services will be live or construction work will be underway in 17 towns, including: Dundalk, Cavan, Carrigaline, Sligo, Letterkenny, Tralee, Wexford, Drogheda, Westport, Portlaoise, Castlebar, Mullingar, Newbridge, Ennis, Ratheniska, Carlow and Skibbereen.

“As a Wexford born-and-bred company, we have seen first-hand how vital internet access has become for the personal and professional lives of everyone in the county,” explained Barry Darmody, managing director of Carnsore Broadband.

“By offering access to Siro’s unrivalled broadband network, we will literally change people’s lives, whether it’s giving a business the foundation to grow its customer base by selling online, or giving students access to the best educational resources on the internet.”

Editor John Kennedy is an award-winning technology journalist.

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