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Colreavy welcomes launch of joint ESB and Vodafone broadband venture

14 May, 2015 - by Michael Colreavy TD

Michael Colreavy, Sinn Féin TD and Spokesperson on Communications, has welcomed the launch of Siro, the new broadband company established by the ESB and Vodafone.

Speaking after the launch, Deputy Colreavy said:

“Ireland has continually being playing catch up in terms of broadband infrastructure and connectivity. Since the privatisation of Telecom Éireann, there has been no single, dedicated provider of broadband infrastructure, especially to rural areas.

“Siro, the new company established by the ESB and Vodafone, will use fibre powered technology to deliver broadband to every home in the state.

“Broadband infrastructure is essential to everyday life in Ireland today.

“From business to banking to online shopping, an adequate broadband speed is necessary to carry out everyday functions. It is essential that the government engage in the rollout process, and also engage with the public who can help identify where broadband infrastructure is most needed.

“Similarly, it is essential that this promised infrastructure is delivered on in a speedy fashion.

“It is welcoming to see that a semi-state company has become involved in the rollout of broadband infrastructure. The privatisation of Telecom Éireann in the late 1990s was a mistake, and it has resulted in Ireland lagging behind in broadband infrastructure.

“I welcome that towns such as Sligo and Cavan have been in included in Siro’s list of towns where this fibre service will be rolled out. The border region has often suffered in the past from lack of infrastructural investment, and I hope today’s announcement will rectify some of that.” 

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