Openreach achieves major broadband milestone for Northern Ireland

  • Openreach Northern Ireland has reached a significant milestone as its 100,000th customer has been connected to ultrafast full fibre broadband.

    The company, which currently employs more than 1,000 people in NI, is proceeding at pace with the build of Northern Ireland’s largest ultrafast full fibre network.

    Now 100,000 customers in Northern Ireland are connected to the Openreach platform and can enjoy faster game downloads, better quality video calls and higher resolution movie streaming; and the ability to connect more devices at once without experiencing any slowdown, buffering or dropouts. 

    Northern Ireland's largest digital infrastructure provider is now on track to deliver on its target of providing full fibre connectivity to over 75% of homes and businesses across the region with access to ultrafast, ultra-reliable full fibre broadband by March 2022.

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    Commenting on the 100,000th customer milestone, Garret Kavanagh, Director of Openreach in Northern Ireland, said: "We feel extremely proud to have connected our 100,000th customer to this life-changing technology. Building the next generation of broadband has been and will continue to be transformational for Northern Ireland. 

    "I’d like to commend the efforts of our 1,000 strong team as it is their dedication, expertise and desire to consistently deliver the best results for our customers that has ensured the region is getting the digital infrastructure it needs.

    "Our investment in the overall infrastructure of £130 million between 2021 and 2022 will continue to drive the build forward and open up endless opportunities as more and more customers like Hugh and Alison connect to our future-proof broadband network."

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    Tullyraine Veterinary Clinic in Drumneath was the 100,000th Openreach customer to be upgraded to the latest broadband technology.

    "I’m delighted to join Openreach in celebrating the fantastic work it is carrying out to connect Northern Ireland to their ultrafast full fibre technology, urban and rural communities alike," said Tullyraine Veterinary Clinic's Hugh Suffern.

    "The pandemic has shown how important online services are for how we live, work, keep in touch and crucially for us, how we keep our business operating and provide the best service to our clients.

    "After years of poor speeds and reliability which made day-to-day tasks more difficult, access to the latest broadband technology will make a huge difference to us."

    Source: press release

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