Siro, BT sign interconnectivity deal

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Shay Walsh, BT, with Sean Atkinson, Siro

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1 December 2016 | 0

Siro has signed a deal with BT that will allow the telco to offer 1Gb/s connectivity its corporate, public sector and wholesale customers.

The agreement enable smaller, regional broadband providers to access services via BT without having to invest significantly in capital infrastructure. Two of Siro’s existing retail partners – Carnsore Broadband and WestNet – are regional broadband providers offering services in Wexford and Castlebar. The network interconnect agreement with BT will lay the foundation for Siro to add multiple retail partners, extending its reach across Ireland.

Siro is Ireland’s largest fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) operator. Its service is live in nine towns (Dundalk, Cavan, Carrigaline, Sligo, Letterkenny, Tralee, Wexford, Ratheniska & Skibereen) while build is advanced in a further eight (Drogheda, Westport, Portlaoise, Castlebar, Mullingar, Newbridge, Ennis and Carlow).

The first phase of Siro’s rollout covers 50 regional towns, with plans for a second phase that would cover another 300 smaller towns across Ireland.

“The agreement with BT is a sign of the demand by broadband providers across Ireland for an alternative national telecoms infrastructure,” said Sean Atkinson, CEO, Siro.

“The combination of BT’s national fibre network and Siro’s local access network will be transformative for regional Ireland and local operators. As our unique 100% optical Fibre-to-the-Building network is the only solution capable of future proofing Ireland’s broadband needs, we expect further interest from new retail partners within BT’s existing wholesale customer base.”

Shay Walsh, managing director, BT Ireland, said: “Since entering the market in the 1990s, BT has brought much-needed competition to the communications sector in Ireland, creating more choice for Irish organisations looking for services to help them expand within Ireland or abroad. This new agreement with Siro adds to our access network reach, giving us a greater choice of networks to offer our clients around the country.”

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