Wexford to become super-fast 'fibrehood' in deal with ESB
WEXFORD is to become a 'fibrehood', as one of the first of 50 towns across the State which will be able to access super-fast fibre broadband through a joint venture rolled out by the ESB and Vodafone.
Dubbed Siro, the new company will run fibre broadband cables over ESB electricity lines as part of an investment programme worth €450m and will provide more than a million people across rural Ireland access to broadband speeds of as high as 1,000Mbs.
The new infrastructure will create 60 jobs directly and another 200 construction related jobs as it builds its new network.
The first 10 locations, dubbed Ireland's first Gigabit towns or 'fibrehoods', to be included in Siro's roll-out are Wexford, Cavan, Dundalk, Westport, Castlebar, Sligo, Carrigaline, Tralee, Navan and Letterkenny.
Construction on the network begins this summer. The initial phase of the project, which consists of fifty towns, is expected to be fully rolled-out by the end of 2018 with scope for a second phase to run in parallel that will reach 300 smaller towns. Speaking at the launch of the new service last week, Taoiseach Enda Kenny described broadband as 'the critical infrastructure of the 21st century'. He said it had the potential to change the word in the same way that steam power and electricity did in previous centuries.