Minister Seán Kyne has this afternoon launched a new SIRO rollout to provide Galway city with access to the most powerful broadband service in Ireland.

The first homes in the county were connected to the network in Oranmore last week.

The Galway rollout will see services powered by SIRO made available to approximately 30,000 premises across Galway city and the surrounding area.  SIRO will invest €20 million in the construction of its Gigabit broadband network. That is the largest single investment that the wholesale broadband operator will make in 2019.

Using the existing ESB network, SIRO builds dedicated fibre-optic cables all the way to home or business premises, delivering speeds of 1 Gigabit per second or 15 times faster than the average broadband speeds in Ireland.

For example, 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 network build will commence from SIRO points of Interconnect in Galway, Oranmore and Moneenageisha to cover 30 clusters in the Galway area bringing access to SIRO’s Fibre-to-the-Building (FTTB) technology, which is recognised as the gold standard for broadband connectivity internationally and is 100% fibre-optic, with no copper cable at any point to slow it down.

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