Next Generation Broadband for Businesses
High speed broadband is spreading deeper into towns and villages across Northern Ireland, as engineers rapidly roll out the ambitious and exciting Next Generation Broadband Project for the Department of Enterprise, Trade & Investment. One hundred per cent of the project has now been completed, enabling more local businesses to take advantage of Northern Ireland's advanced network to innovate and grow.
The pioneering Next Generation Broadband Project was conceived by DETI to transform the Northern Ireland economy by boosting the competitiveness of local businesses. It involves the introduction of new technology, predominantly fibre, to increase broadband speeds and is targeted at areas, both urban and rural, which will deliver the greatest economic benefit by receiving high speed broadband.
Businesses in communities such as Ballymena, Coleraine, Londonderry, Newry, Portadown, Warrenpoint and Whiteabbey are taking advantage of the faster broadband speeds to improve their productivity and efficiency. "In our line of business, high speed broadband is a necessity, not a luxury," said Roisin Chambers, Sales & Marketing Manager with K-Point Internet Solutions in Warrenpoint, Co. Down. "We sell our RentPro property management solution to letting agents throughout the British Isles. Because the system is web-based we need access to fast broadband speeds to connect to our remote servers for large file transfers. In the past we would have been geographically challenged in terms of access to broadband speeds due to our remote location, but with the advent of the DETI next generation broadband network we are getting the speeds we need to compete effectively."
Under the project BT will deploy fibre to the cabinet technology (FTTC) to a majority of businesses with other fixed line solutions being used where appropriate. The tender specified that businesses in urban areas should receive a minimum downstream speed of 10Mb/s and ones in rural areas 2Mb/s. This will be delivered with many businesses set to receive speeds well in excess of those benchmarks.
BT is investing close to £30million in the project, with a further £16.5 million coming from the Department of Enterprise Trade and Investment (DETI), under the European Regional Development Fund's (ERDF) European Sustainable Competitiveness Programme and £1.5 million from the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD), under the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) Rural Development Programme.
To find out if your business is connected to the high speed network, put your business telephone number in our 'Availability Checker' on the right.