Next Generation Broadband Project completed in NI

Thursday July 28th, 2011

The Next Generation Broadband Project has completed on time and on budget, Northern Ireland’s Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster has announced.

Over £52m has been invested in the telecommunications infrastructure as part of the project, which involved the introduction of new technology to increase broadband speeds, primarily for businesses users, across Northern Ireland.

Over the past 18 months, the Next Generation Broadband Project has seen BT invest close to £30m in this initiative, with a further £16.5m coming from the Department of Enterprise Trade and Investment (DETI) and the EU under the ERDF Competitiveness Programme of which £10.5m was invested in rural areas and £6m in urban areas.

Arlene Foster said: “This is a tremendous asset for Northern Ireland. Broadband is an enabler. Use of these new services will help local businesses increase their productivity, improving the competitiveness of the economy as a whole. It is now essential that our businesses take advantage of the exciting new opportunities this project creates so all of Northern Ireland can reap these benefits.

“The Next Generation Broadband Project was designed to deliver on the key Programme for Government objective to ensure 85% of businesses in Northern Ireland would have access to next generation broadband speeds by 2011 and this has been achieved. In fact this project has stimulated a further £2M by the Executive and encouraged BT to make further substantial investments in Northern Ireland.”

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