Open-access broadband provider SIRO has announced a €25m deal with global ICT leader, Huawei.  

SIRO is in the middle of a project which will deliver 100% fibre-optic broadband network to 50 towns around the country.

Under the terms of today's deal, Huawei will supply SIRO with network equipment for the first phase of its broadband deployment to the 50 towns. 

The deal was announced at Huawei's Ultra-Broadband Forum (UBBF) 2017 in Hangzhou today where SIRO's chief executive Sean Atkinson was a keynote speaker.

SIRO first partnered with Huawei on its broadband pilot in Cavan town in 2015 and the relationship has grown since then. 

The Chinese firm is now providing active telecoms equipment for SIRO for its first phase build of 500,000 premises. It is also the company's build partner in Athlone delivering fibre to over 8,000 homes and businesses.

"This contract is an important milestone in providing best in class, 100% fibre-optic broadband to consumers and businesses in Irish towns," commented Sean Atkinson. 

"The Huawei technology is a key component to deliver a service to customers that is quite literally the speed of light," he added.

Last month, SIRO withdrew from the Government's National Broadband Plan tender process.

The National Broadband Plan initially aimed to connect around 842,000 homes and businessess to high-speed broadband.