Openreach (BT) has announced they will be investing a further £100m+ (capital expenditure) over the next 12-months into FTTP services in Northern Ireland. The funding will help to expand the availability of their 1Gbps Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband ISP network to another 100,000 premises, as well as to maintain their existing network.
So far Openreach has been building FTTP services in Northern Ireland at a rate of over 3,500 premises passed per week and last weeks announcement, which will also see the creation of 100 new apprentice roles in 2021/22, confirms that this network now covers over 65% of properties in the region (530,000 premises – homes and businesses).
Arlene Foster, First Minister of Northern Ireland, said:
“I welcome the commitment by Openreach to enhance and extend digital connectivity in Northern Ireland over the next 12 months. The £100m investment plan will mean that well over two-thirds of homes and businesses here will have access to its ultrafast full-fibre broadband network.
This pandemic has shown us how important online services are to how we live, work, and engage together. Greater access to fast, reliable connections will make a real difference in people’s lives and will also play a key part in the recovery and renewal of our economy.”
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