SIRO, the open-access wholesale broadband provider delivering Ireland’s first 100% fibre-optic broadband network to 50 towns nationwide, announced today that it is partnering with Viatel to deliver high speed fibre connectivity and services to Irish businesses in 2018. Under this agreement, Viatel customers can connect to SIRO’s state-of-the-art fibre connectivity offering symmetric speeds and business class service level agreements.
Viatel is the largest Irish-owned provider of advanced voice, data connectivity, data centre and managed software-defined wide-area network solutions in Ireland. The agreement follows on from previous partnerships between SIRO and Digiweb to bring Gigabit connectivity to homes and small businesses in over 20 regional towns across the country.
The SIRO/Viatel partnership allows Viatel to offer unrivalled Gigabit connections to enterprise and public sector customers across Ireland. Viatel expects to connect 2,000 business and public sector customers to dedicated Gigabit services over the next 12 months
Ronan Whelan, SIRO Commercial Director, said:
“We are delighted to partner with Viatel to bring Gigabit connectivity to Irish businesses. From access to cloud applications to video conferencing and high-speed communications, Gigabit connectivity allows businesses to take advantage of innovation in technology to increase competitiveness, grow and prosper. With no copper anywhere in our network to slow it down, SIRO is providing Irish businesses with world class speeds and service and now through our partnership with Viatel, even greater choice, driving competition in Ireland’s broadband marketplace.”
Commenting on the agreement Damien McCann, Director of Sales and Marketing for Viatel, said: “This partnership with Siro significantly enhances our network reach and service offering for our clients, this infrastructure will allow our clients to enjoy ultra-fast Gigabit connectivity to connect to mission critical public and private cloud applications. We want our customers to enjoy the cutting-edge developments in gigabit networks, enhancing reach, resilience at the most competitive costs in the Irish market whilst delivering the exceptional level of service and support, we know the Siro partnership will help us on this mission.”
Using the existing ESB network, SIRO delivers fibre optic cables all the way to the building. This technology, known as Fibre-to-the-Building, has no copper connections at any point to slow down the network and delivers 1 Gigabit speeds. 100% Fibre-to-the-Building technology is recognised as the gold standard for broadband connectivity internationally. For context, downloading a high definition (HD) film of 4 GB (Gigabytes) with a 10 Mbps connection takes an hour – with SIRO it takes 30 seconds.
The SIRO network now covers over 160,000 premises, with services live in 30 towns.
Viatel is a home-grown Irish independent company offering solutions for connectivity and cloud requirements with over 20 years experience innovating in the telecoms industry. It is the largest Irish-owned provider of advanced voice, data connectivity, private cloud, data centre and managed software-defined wide-area network (SD-WAN) solutions. Viatel provides cost effective, innovative and bespoke cloud and telecoms solutions for small to medium enterprises (SME), corporate, public sector and wholesale customers.
SIRO is a joint venture of ESB and Vodafone which is investing €450 million in building Ireland’s first 100% Fibre-to-the-Building broadband network, offering a 1 Gigabit (1,000 Mb) internet connection to 500,000 premises in fifty towns using the existing ESB infrastructure.
The SIRO network has reached over 160,000 homes and businesses and is live in 30 towns to date. It is available to customers via 11 operators. SIRO is revolutionising the broadband market with technology which is the first of its kind in Ireland and is addressing the digital divide between towns and cities.