NI boasts broadband for all

18 Jan 2006

Northern Ireland now boasts 100% broadband coverage, the region’s Enterprise Minister Angela Smith announced yesterday. In March 2003 the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment handed UK fixed line incumbent BT a contract to utilise a range of technologies to provide broadband services to the entire Northern Ireland population; BT retains ownership of the infrastructure. To date there are around 180,000 broadband subscribers in Northern Ireland, a penetration of 10.5%, whilst 27% of households and 38% of businesses now have a high speed internet connection. ‘The government has invested almost GBP10 million in delivering broadband across Northern Ireland and this provision is key to ensuring that the infrastructure, necessary to compete successfully in the global market, is in place,’ Mrs Smith told Silicon Republic.

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