Northern Ireland to convert to £260m next generation phone network

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Northern Ireland to convert to £260m next generation phone network

Antony Savvas

BT will spend £260m to convert the whole of Northern Ireland to its 21st Century Network by 2010.

Along with parts of south Wales, Northern Ireland will be among the first regions to benefit from the all IP network, which is designed to offer new broadband and multimedia services to businesses and consumers.

The move in Northern Ireland has been reported by the BBC, which says Northern Ireland’s 160 local telephone exchanges will converge into three major communications hubs as a result.

Two of the exchanges will be in Belfast, and another one will be located in Portadown, said the BBC.

BT has promised to triple broadband speeds in Northern Ireland as a result of the conversion.

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