Broadband company Siro is to invest another €40m to expand its rollout to its next six locations around the country.

The new towns are Mullingar in Co Westmeath, Newbridge in Co Kildare, Ennis in Co Clare, Portlaoise in Co Laois, Drogheda in Co Louth and Carlow town.

Services will be live or construction work will be underway in 17 towns across the country by the end of the year.

These towns are Dundalk, Cavan, Carrigaline, Sligo, Letterkenny, Tralee, Wexford, Drogheda, Westport, Castlebar, Mullingar, Newbridge, Ennis, Ratheniska, Carlow and Skibbereen.

Using the existing ESB network, Siro delivers its broadband via fibre optic cables all the way to the building. 

This technology is known as "FTTB" and as it has no copper connections at any point to slow down the network, it can deliver 1 Gigabit download and upload speeds.  

"We are now passing 10,000 premises per month and working in 17 towns," commented the company's chief executive Sean Atkinson. 

"Siro gives consumers and businesses in regional Ireland access to far better services than that available in Dublin and other cities, thus reversing the digital divide and allowing them to compete more effectively for investment and jobs," Mr Atkinson added.