Openreach celebrates major milestone in Northern Ireland as 200,000th customer is connected to Ultrafast Fibre Broadband

  • Openreach Northern Ireland (NI), the region’s largest digital infrastructure provider, has marked a significant milestone in its network build as its 200,000th customer has been connected to Ultrafast Full Fibre broadband.

    This milestone comes less than a year after Openreach NI announced it had connected its 100,000th customer to Full Fibre broadband in December 2021. Now, double the number of properties in Northern Ireland have been upgraded to the next generation of the network.

    The company’s 1000-strong team has been proceeding at pace with the build of the region’s largest Ultrafast Full Fibre network, playing an important role in keeping people and businesses connected.

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    Today, 200,000 customers in Northern Ireland are connected to the expansive Openreach platform and can access an even faster, more reliable, and future-proof broadband connection essential for everyday life. With a connection up to twelve times faster than the average broadband, households and businesses can enjoy better quality video calling, higher resolution movie streaming and gaming, and the ability to connect more devices at once without experiencing any slowdown, buffering or dropouts.

    The Barber Collective, a barber shop located in Ballymena, was recently upgraded to the latest broadband technology. Speaking about the upgrade, Barry Johnston, co-founder and barber at The Barber Collective said: “We’re already seeing first-hand the difference Ultrafast Full Fibre broadband has made to our business and it’s great to see so many others across Northern Ireland have similarly benefitted.

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    “At The Barber Collective, we rely heavily on a decent broadband connection to operate our business. From client bookings made via our app, to social media to promote our business, and using our online system to schedule our barbers – our previously poor broadband speeds made everyday tasks such as these a lot more challenging."

    Openreach NI continues to invest in the economic future of Northern Ireland with more than 80% of homes and businesses now able to get its next generation Ultrafast Full Fibre broadband – that’s 4 out of 5 properties.

    Source: Written from press release

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