Work to bring broadband in Tralee up to the standard of Tokyo and Hong Kong will begin on December 1st. The announcement was made to councillors at the monthly meeting of Tralee Municipal District. Launched in May by the Taoiseach and Communications Minister SIRO is a coming together of the ESB and Vodafone aiming to bring high speed fibre optic broadband to locations across the country using the electricity network infrastructure. Tralee is included in the first ten towns in phase one of the 450 million euro project. The roll out in the county town will cover 13,600 homes and businesses with work to begin on December 1st. Surveying of the town is currently underway by local contractor TLI and construction, which will happen in phases, will take nine months. Oakpark will be the first cluster to be worked on. When complete the service will be handed over to retailers who will market the broadband to customers. Stephen O’Connor from SIRO told councillors the broadband will have a speed of 1GB per second which is four times better than the best service currently offered in Dublin. Councillors described the development as positive and a good news story for the town but concern was raised by several councillors about what coverage would be provided into the future in more peripheral areas.