Sky has launched a 1 gigabit fibre broadband service using the infrastructure of both eir and SIRO.

Sky Fibre Ultra is currently available to over 400,000 homes around the country, but thousands more premises will be added over the coming months.

The service will be available to both new and existing Sky customers.

The Fibre to the Home technology will cost from €40 per month and can be bundled with TV services.

"With Sky Fibre Ultra, customers can get speeds that are up to ten times faster than our standard fibre broadband, meaning it’s perfect for people that want instant, multi-device access for everything from boxset binging to non-stop gaming," said Ann-Marie MacKay, Director of Products and Marketing, Sky Ireland.

The company says that through its partners and the National Broadband Plan it hopes to be in a position to offer its Fibre Ultra service to more than 1 million homes over the next 3-5 years.

Sky employs just under 1,000 people in Ireland with over 750 of those based at its Head Office in Dublin.

SIRO is now live in 30 towns across the country, with 10 retailers offering connections to over 200,000 homes and businesses.

The ESB/Vodafone joint venture has formed partnerships with 10 operators – Sky Ireland, Vodafone, Digiweb, BT, Carnsore Broadband, Rocket Broadband, Kerry Broadband, eNet, Airwire and WestNet.