Portlaoise becomes latest ‘gigabit town’

Siro Portlaoise
Pictured: Tom Mulhall, Cathaoirleach Laois County Council; Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade Charlie Flanagan; Sean Atkinson, SIRO; and John Mulholland, Laois County Council

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25 November 2016 | 0

Portlaoise is to be the latest town to benefit from Siro’s 1Gb/s fibre-to-the-building (FttB) network. Once completed the network will provide connection speeds 50 times faster than the average speed of 20Mb/s enjoyed across the county, according to broadband comparison website Switcher.ie.

John Mulholland, Chief Executive of Laois County Council, said: “The imminent provision of high speed broadband access to every home in Portlaoise is a very significant and positive development.

“We see access to a high speed quality broadband network as fundamental to achieving our goals for a sustainable urban living model and to stimulate economic growth in regional towns such as Portlaoise.”

Siro CEO Sean Atkinson added: “Portlaoise is the second Laois town to get Siro’s 100% fibre-optic network after we connected Ratheniska for the Ploughing Championships last September.

“Residents and businesses in Portalaoise will have access to broadband services that are three times better than the best available in Dublin and 50 times better the average service currently available in Laois. This is an important development for the town, supporting economic and social development and future-proofing Portlaoise’s internet infrastructure for decades to come.”

In this first phase, Siro will be available within the Portlaoise town boundaries. A further second phase is being considered, which could see the network extend to an additional 320 towns and villages nationwide, outside of urban areas.

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