Broadband backwaters fears as Siro falls short

Published 19/03/2016 | 00:00

Siro, the commercial broadband venture between ESB Networks and Vodafone, will begin the roll-out of 1G fibre to the door infrastructure in Wexford town over the coming weeks, but other parts of the county will have to wait years.

The project, part of the National Broadband Plan, will utilise the existing ESB infrastructure network, to access business and houses across 51 towns in phase one of the programme.

Mr Enright said connection to the broadband service will become available for business and residential customers in the coming months in Wexford town and continue into 2017. As part of the roll-out, Siro will hold an information meeting on the project.

He said the Siro programme will also extend to Enniscorthy and Gorey towns over the next two years. It is expected that New Ross will be targeted in phase two of the programme.

Cllr Johnny Mythen said Wexford will have a competitive advantage over other parts of the county as it will have Siro broadband first. 'We all know how important broadband is, especially with e-commerce.'

Mr Enright said the council cannot influence Siro's decisions.

'We have no decision making role. I have met them twice and there is a need to work with them as they go through the towns.'

Cllr Michael Sheehan and Cllr Oisin O'Connell said New Ross is being left behind.

Wexford People

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