Nearly 30% of NI homes and businesses can now access full fibre broadband

  • Over 260,000 homes and businesses in Northern Ireland can access faster, ‘full fibre’ broadband, according to Openreach, the engineering team that builds, maintains and manages the broadband network.

    This milestone means nearly 30% of premises across NI can enjoy the benefits of new ultrafast, ultra-reliable internet access as a result of the roll out of new future-proof ‘Fibre-to-the-Premises’ (FTTP) broadband technology.

    This keeps Openreach on track to ensure almost 40% of premises are fully fibre enabled by the end of March 2020.

    This year alone, 187,000 premises have been included in the region-wide build programme.

    In the Belfast area 120,000 premises can now connect to Openreach full fibre broadband, which is more than 60% of homes and businesses.

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    With speeds available of up to 1Gbps – enough bandwidth for a family of four to all stream ultra HD or 4k quality movies or TV simultaneously, without waiting or buffering – these upgraded fibre connections are helping to ensure that NI has a reliable, future-proof and dependable service that will be a platform for economic growth in the region.

    “We’re delighted to have reached this important milestone, enabling even more homes and businesses right across NI to take advantage of improved broadband speeds," said Mairead Meyer, Openreach Director in Northern Ireland.

    “We’re building a network that delivers more than just speed. Full fibre broadband will provide Northern Ireland with a future-proof and consistent service that will help renew towns and communities across the region and supports NI’s position as a leading digital economy.”

    Written based on press release.

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