New high-speed broadband system to be rolled out in Clonmel

Eamonn Wynne


Eamonn Wynne



A superfast broadband, enabling Internet speeds of one gigabit per second using the existing electricity network, is to be rolled out in Clonmel.

SIRO is a joint venture infrastructure developed between the ESB and Vodafone, and which is investing €450 million in building the country's first fibre-to-the-building broadband network. 

The system will be available to 500,000 premises in fifty regional towns, District Administrator Anthony Coleman told a meeting of Clonmel Borough District.

He said that SIRO aims to deliver the country's most powerful communications network and improve broadband for businesses and consumers.

As will as improved speeds, Mr. Coleman said the new broadband would also mean that businesses would be able to share extremely large files, and video conference colleagues on the other side of the world without interruption.

Its one hundred per cent fibre-to-the-building network was the only system capable of providing a future-proofed solution, providing for greater speeds into the future.

Mr. Coleman said that SIRO would meet the fibre costs associated with installing the fibre.

"SIRO fibre is not a retail product. It is unique in that it exclusively offers a wholesale open access network, meaning that it will be available to all telecoms operators in Ireland, allowing business customers to avail of a broader range of competitive services from a number of different telecoms operators", he said.

Mr. Coleman said that the use of fibre cables and materials meant they were lightweight and unobtrusive.

He said the access to the fibre-to-the-building network would make regional towns such as Clonmel even more attractive places in which to live and work.

"The availability of high-speed broadband helps attract new business and highly-skilled people, and encourages graduates to remain in or to return home".

SIRO had advised that they would welcome the opportunity to brief a meeting of Clonmel Borough District on their plans for the town, Mr. Coleman added.

The announcement was welcomed by the council members.

Cllr. Siobhan Ambrose said it was very good news that Clonmel had been chosen, and it sent out a very positive message from the town.    

Hopefully it would lead to the creation of additional jobs.

Cllr. Ambrose was pleased that the network would also benefit Clonmel's hinterland. 

People living in some areas near Clonmel had to come into the town to receive a proper Internet service.

Cllr. Marie Murphy wondered if SIRO would use the ducting that was already in place, or would the streets be torn up again.

Cllr. Pat English said the new system would be good for "schools, Joe Public and industry", and it would be a fantastic project.

Mr. Coleman said it was his understanding that SIRO would use most of the existing infrastructure that was already in place. 

He was sure they would have further information when company representatives attended a meeting of the council.