Portlaoise set to get access to broadband fasttrack thanks to 100% fibre optic cable

Access to 100% fibre optic cable by January next

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Portlaoise set to get access to broadband fasttrack thanks to 100% fibre optic cable

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charlie Flanagan TD announced that SIRO’s 100% fibre-optic network. Pic James Flynn

A high speed broadband connection for Portlaoise which it is claimed  will be 50 times faster than at present internet access will be available in Portlaoise by January 2017.

Laois TD Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charlie Flanagan TD officially announced that construction of a high speed 100% fibre-optic network is underway in Portlaoise today, Friday, November 25.

SIRO, the company behind the project, says the Gigabit connectivity (1,000Mbps) is 50 times faster than the average broadband in Laois. They say services will be made available by broadband retailers to residents and businesses in Portlaoise in January 2017.

Welcoming this positive development for Portlaoise, Minister Flanagan said broadband is important.

 “For the people I represent in Portlaoise and throughout the wider constituency broadband is necessary for so many aspects of day to day life – for education and research, for simple things like renewing insurance, booking flights, applying for a driving test, for keeping in touch with friends and family.  Above all, good broadband access is essential if rural areas in the county are to be thriving communities rather than commuter ghost towns.”

 “There are a number of small businesses, particularly artisan enterprises, in Laois who are creating employment in the area and are dependent on the fast internet speeds for the success of their businesses.  Businesses simply cannot survive in rural towns without the global reach the Internet gives them.”

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

Sean Atkinson, SIRO CEO, added: “Portlaoise is the second Laois town to get SIRO’s 100% fibre-optic network after we connected Ratheniska for the Ploughing Championships. Residents and businesses in Portalaoise will have access to broadband services that are three times better than the best available in Dublin and fifty 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.”

Using the existing ESB network, SIRO is delivered by fibre optic cables all the way to the building. This technology, known as Fibre-to-the-Building, has no copper connections at any point to slow down the network and delivers 1 Gigabit download and upload speeds.  SIRO’s 100% fibre-to-the-building network is three times faster than the best service available in Dublin and 14 times more powerful than the fastest average internet speed in Ireland.