Irish broadband and telecoms provider Pure Telecom has agreed a €10m deal with BT Ireland that will provide it with access to SIRO's nationwide high-speed fibre broadband network.

The network consists of 338,000 homes and businesses in 45 towns around Ireland so far.  

As SIRO continues to connect urban and regional premises with Gigabit broadband, the BT deal will allow Pure Telecom to expand its reach countrywide. 

Under the terms of the deal, BT will provide Pure Telecom with a comprehensive managed service which will help bring its broadband "Fibre to the Premises" product offering to the market. 

The service will be made available across Ireland at every location where there are FTTP services are available.

Pure Telecom said it has seen a 30% increase in demand for its broadband services since the outbreak of Covid-19, which has been the catalyst for a rapid and widespread shift to remote working.

Paul Connell, CEO at Pure Telecom, said the company is consistently striving to get more people and businesses access to high-speed broadband. 

"Too many homes and businesses in Ireland still don't have fast internet access and it is detrimental to our society and economy - particularly at a time when everyone has been advised to work from home where possible," Mr Connell said. 

"We have observed a significant increase in demand for our services since Covid-19 restrictions were introduced and we expect these to have a permanent impact on how people work and where. It has therefore never been more important for people to have the high-speed connectivity they need to work productively from their homes," he added.

Peter Evans, Director of Wholesale at BT Ireland, said that in the wake of Covid-19, as people have come to depend more on technology to communicate than ever before, it's important that consumers and businesses have a wide range of services to choose from that best suit their needs.