SIRO, the wholesale broadband operator building a 100% fibre-optic broadband network in 50 towns nationwide, today announced that over 17,000 homes and businesses in Kildare – 8,000 in Newbridge and 9,000 across Naas, Sallins, Kill and Johnstown – are to have access to its 1 Gigabit (1,000Mbps) broadband network. The company outlined its updated plans to roll-out its network across Kildare at the County Kildare Chamber Business Luncheon held in the Keadeen Hotel in Newbridge.
Opening the event County Kildare Chamber CEO, Allan Shine said:
“We welcome the announcement by SIRO that it will deliver a 100% fibre broadband network to Newbridge, Naas, Sallins, Johnstown and Kill. The existence of leading communications infrastructure is vital to businesses in both these towns, supporting their future growth and development. The Chamber’s vision is to make Kildare the location of choice for existing and potential business enterprise. SIRO’s arrival will ensure that this vision is further cemented and we can continue to seek to attract businesses to invest in these towns.
County Kildare Chamber continues to call for investment in broadband infrastructure. Ireland currently has the second slowest broadband speeds in Europe. This investment will ensure that businesses become more competitive and the need now is to ensure that all towns in Kildare can access high quality broadband.”
Cllr Martin Miley, Mayor of Kildare said:
“Fibre broadband is a key component for developing the Smart Economy in Newbridge and this initiative will put Newbridge and shortly to come, Naas, Sallins, Johnstown and Kill, in the same league as Tokyo and Hong Kong for broadband connectivity. This is vital for boosting the local economy, given the necessity of high speed broadband for attracting foreign direct investment. SIRO’s arrival is a welcome development and shows how we are delivering on our Local Area Plans and indeed the County Kildare Development Plan”.
Stephen O’Connor, Director of Corporate Affairs at SIRO, said:
“SIRO’s network which is 100% fibre optic, without the need for copper, will deliver a 1 Gigabit connection directly to these homes and businesses in Newbridge, Naas, Sallins, Johnstown and Kill. This will have a digital transformation on these towns and villages, enabling businesses to compete online with their international peers, as well as giving residents access to the latest online services in areas like education and remote working. Having the same Gigabit connectivity as a city like Tokyo will futureproof Newbridge, Naas, Sallins, Johnstown and Kill’s digital demands for decades to come.”