Next Generation Broadband Project
This project was a ground breaking project that delivered the next generation of broadband services to 85% of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises across NI.
The Next Generation Broadband Project is in its operational phase now that the fibre deployment has been completed to all 1,265 cabinets covered by the contract. There are over 100,000 connections on these cabinets.
This government investment of £19.8m levered initially some £31m of private sector investment.
Prompted by the success of the project, BT completed fibre upgrades to a further 783 cabinets across Northern Ireland under its own Next Generation Access (NGA) programme. This is on top of the 110 cabinets upgraded across Londonderry as part of the City of Culture 2013 and upgrades already completed prior to this project. This is estimated to be a private sector investment worth some £30-£35m. Almost 2,500 cabinets are now fibred enabled with more than 90% of premises in Northern Ireland connected to an enabled cabinet.
Around 22% of premises in Northern Ireland have already opted for this technology, which is well above average within the UK.