Northern Ireland to get more fibre broadband


Northern Ireland to get more fibre broadband

Ian Grant

The UK's biggest telco says it will speed up the provision of fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) in Northern Ireland, boosting the number of lines connected to a fibre broadband cabinet from 54% to 88%.

BT says this will make Northern Ireland one of the best connected locations in the world, with "more fibre deployed by March 2012 than most major European countries aspire to roll-out by 2015".

BT has also launched Connected Communities, a new programme to help tackle digital exclusion in Northern Ireland. It will work with voluntary organisations to provide a suite of information and communications technology resources for communities to help them get online.

BT says it will hire another 60 recruits to help 200 existing staff and contractors complete the work.

The rollout will give consumers access to download speeds of up to 40Mbps and upload speeds of up to 10Mbps.

Neelie Kroes, the European Commission's Digital Agenda commissioner, has recommended that countries aim for all consumers to get access at 30Mbps and for half to have 100Mbps by 2020.

BT says it will publish which cabinets are fibred-up on a new website so that consumers can check progress.

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