SIRO, the full fibre network broadband operator, has today announced that it has passed its 500,000th premise with its full fibre broadband network as part of the open access broadband wholesaler’s billion-euro network rollout.

Naas-based VEI Global, a managed IT services provider, is the 500,000th premises to have access to SIRO’s fibre broadband network – a significant milestone for the Gigabit broadband operator’s roll-out programme.

VEI Global provides comprehensive ICT services to a wide range of clients, domestically and internationally. VEI Global collaborates with global integration partners and works with clients such as University College Cork, Phoenix Gas, Lynas Foods, South Dublin County Council, and CIE. VEI is currently in the process of implementing a WAAS solution for the European Parliament, covering an extensive network across 27 countries and 50 sites.

Until now, with limited broadband alternatives available, VEI Global had been dependent on an outdated copper connection while awaiting the arrival of SIRO’s fibre network in their area. However, with the company’s expansion, including the establishment of a 24/7 managed services team, having reliable connectivity has become a critical requirement. By gaining access to SIRO’s extensive fibre network, VEI Global has successfully resolved latency issues, enhanced productivity, and significantly improved the overall experience for their hybrid workforce.

Since SIRO was established in 2015, the open-access broadband wholesaler has gone onto establish an alternative telecoms infrastructure in Ireland as part of a billion-euro investment programme. The full fibre network broadband operator now has over twenty retailers such as Virgin Media, Vodafone and Sky offering its services to half a million homes and businesses across the country.

SIRO’s unique infrastructure, which leverages the ESB electricity network, means that it has no legacy copper network at any point on its system, enabling the company to offer a 100% fibre optic Fibre-to-the-Building service – recognised as the gold standard for broadband connectivity globally. This has enabled SIRO to become the first broadband operator to make speeds of 2 Gigabits available to residential customers and the first to fully upgrade its network to allow for future speeds of up to 25 Gigabits in the years to come.

According to VEI Global co-CEO and founder Lloyd O’Rourke: “The SIRO broadband connection will enhance our company’s productivity and reliability, eliminating the daily frustrations of connectivity lags, dropped calls, and slow uploads. Having access to real-time statistics is crucial to our managed service offerings as it allows us to proactively address any potential, future issues. We believe in providing solutions that act as long-term enhancements rather than just temporary fixes—vitamins, not painkillers!”

VEI Global co-CEO and founder Conor Killeen commented: “Over the past 13 years, we have experienced tremendous success, and we hold even greater aspirations for the future. SIRO’s involvement will play a pivotal role in expanding our business and, more importantly, in elevating the level of service we deliver to our valued customers in Ireland and across the globe.”

SIRO CEO John Keaney noted: “Since our early days as a start-up broadband operator, with big ambition and challenges rolling out a new broadband network, our purpose has always been to reach into communities across Ireland and give them access to standard of connectivity as good as anywhere else in the world.

“As we reach 500,0000 premises passed with SIRO’s full fibre network, it is satisfying to see that purpose being realised. Homes and businesses up and down the country accessing our network are living and working in new and more sustainable ways.

“Working from home, staying connected with family and friends or starting or growing businesses where connectivity and digital technologies are becoming the backbone of their operations are all now seamless for customers on our network.

“For SIRO, today is a significant milestone. However, there are still, many towns, communities, homes and businesses where outdated copper broadband continues to hold them back. SIRO remains focused on the work still left to do – to continue our rollout to ensure more homes and businesses can access our network,” added Mr. Keaney.

Commenting, ESB Deputy Chief Executive, Marguerite Sayers, said: “I am delighted to be at VEI Global today – a great Naas success story – for this significant milestone. It is a testament to the success of SIRO in connecting communities right across Ireland.
“Half a million families and businesses can now gain access to ultra-fast fibre broadband as SIRO continues with its programme to deliver for communities into the future.”

Vodafone Ireland CEO, Amanda Nelson said: ‘’As we celebrate 500,000 homes and businesses who can access SIRO’s network; it marks an important milestone for SIRO, our joint venture with ESB. Our goal has always been to deliver high speed connectivity to more rural communities, people and businesses across Ireland.

Supporting communities with critical digital infrastructure is vital to enabling them to thrive now and into the future. It underpins business growth and development as well as connected education and healthcare.

It is fantastic to see businesses just like VEI Global, compete on a global stage supported by high-speed connectivity. We are looking forward to connecting more homes and businesses as we continue to bring world-class fibre broadband to towns and communities across Ireland.’’

SIRO is an open-access wholesaler, reselling its network to over twenty retailers who then provider consumers and businesses with a range of broadband packages and offers. SIRO’s retailers include Virgin Media, Vodafone, Sky, Digiweb, Pure Telecom, Viatel and Blacknight amongst others.
With half a million premises now able to access SIRO’s broadband network, it means that almost 1.4 million individuals in communities across Ireland can access one of Europe’s most advanced broadband networks.


SIRO was founded in 2015, as a joint venture between ESB Group and Vodafone. SIRO provides a 100% full fibre network, the most advanced broadband network in Ireland, which uses the ESB’s existing electricity network to bring connectivity to each premise – homes and businesses.

To date, SIRO has brought its’ network to 500,000 homes and businesses across Ireland, in over 130 cities and towns and is on track to reach more than 700,000 premises or two million people by 2026.

The company is investing €1 billion overall in building its fibre broadband network across 154 towns and cities.

SIRO’s focus in on towns and cities across Ireland vs. rural areas where the publicly funded National Broadband Ireland initiative will roll out broadband. SIRO has extensively rolled out its network in Dublin, Galway, Cork, Limerick, Waterford, in addition to regional towns across Ireland such as Athlone, Mullingar and Portlaoise.

SIRO is a wholesale operator; it partners with over 20 retailers (Sky, Vodafone, Digiweb, Pure Telecom etc.), who resell its service to end users. On 1 June last, Virgin Media officially commenced re-selling SIRO’s network to residential customers across Ireland.

SIRO provides broadband speeds of up to 2 Gigabits to its residential customers and up to 10 Gigabit for enterprise, with the capacity to scale up to 25 Gigabits in the years ahead – making it one of Europe’s most advanced broadband networks. Read more at:


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