Galway’s PorterShed becomes Vodafone-Siro’s latest Gigabit HubLeigh Mc Gowranon January 24, 2022 at 10:11 Silicon RepublicSilicon Republic

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Siro and Vodafone have announced a partnership with co-working office company PorterShed in Galway, to build the county’s first Gigabit Hub.

Siro and Vodafone will now provide the Portershed with high speed 1Gbps fibre broadband under the initiative. The PorterShed will become the 17th hub to join the national Gigabit Hub initiative, which offers a gigabit broadband connection to qualifying business hubs, free of charge, for a duration of two years.

This is part of the PorterShed’s new expansion which will see it move from its existing premises near Eyre Square, to a larger campus comprising two new buildings in the Galway City Innovation District. This expansion will add an additional 200 desks, bringing its total capacity to 330 desks overall.

PorterShed CEO Mary Rogers said: “Access to reliable fibre broadband that can meet the data demands of our member companies today and into the future is essential. It’s hugely important to the PorterShed and its long-term sustainability. The support of Siro and Vodafone along with Enterprise Ireland ensure the PorterShed can continue to deliver and improve its service offering.”

Since its establishment in May 2016, PorterShed said it has created almost 800 jobs from its work supporting the development of local tech start-ups. It plans to create an additional 1,700 jobs by its member companies as part of this new phase of development.

To date, start-ups supported by PorterShed have attracted €35m in inward investment to fuel their growth. Some of its former and current clients include fashion tech player Rent the Runway, fintech payments firm Kappture and digital communications company SuperFly Ireland.

“The PorterShed has achieved much in this regard in just a few short years,” Siro corporate affairs director Amanda Glancy said. “We are hugely supportive of the next phase of the PorterShed’s growth and excited about contributing to its long-term success with our fibre broadband service.”

Managing director of Vodafone Ireland Business, Sinead Bryan, said the PorterShed has done “amazing work” contributing to Galway’s regional economy. She added that the Gibabit Hub initiative was designed to “support local job creation and revitalise local economies” by providing high quality fibre connectivity.

“The pandemic has highlighted that connectivity is key to our economic recovery, so it’s another way for us to support that objective,” Bryan said.

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