Sky Ireland has signed a deal with Vodafone-ESB joint venture SIRO as it looks to provide pure fibre broadband services to its customers.

The wholesale agreement gives Sky access to SIRO’s FTTH network, which now offers services in 25 towns across the country, from 2018.

Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

Sky, which entered the Irish broadband market in 2013, now has 180,000 broadband customers.

The deal with SIRO builds on a managed wholesale agreement Sky signed with BT last month, which included access to the networks of both SIRO and eir.

JD Buckley, Managing Director, Sky Ireland, said: “This deal with SIRO reflects our continued commitment to investment in infrastructure in Ireland and will mean our customers will enjoy ultra-fast gigabit connectivity which will transform the way they use Sky and consume content.

“We want our customers to have the fastest available speeds to the widest possible footprint across Ireland and SIRO are an important strategic partner in helping us realise that goal.”

SIRO, which Vodafone and utility ESB set up in 2014, is investing €450 million to build an FTTH network across Ireland.

Its network uses ESB’s existing utilities infrastructure to deliver fibre optic cables directly to homes.

As of the end of September 2017 it had invested €100 million and now covers over 110,000 premises.

In September, SIRO pulled out of the tender process for Ireland’s National Broadband Plan, citing its inability to put together a competitive business case.

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