20Mbps may not be a record breaking speed, but is certainly well above the average connection speed in the UK. Some 180 Housing Association tenants in Belfast look set to benefit from fibre to the home (FTTH) or fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) broadband delivery.
The Department of Enterprise Trade and Investment (DETI), Clanmil Housing, Virgin Media and Bytel Networks have worked together on the trial providing infrastructure capable of delivering 20Mbps and faster.
The information and knowledge gained from this trial will help shape our future strategy for broadband services in Northern Ireland. Working with the Department for Social Development and Clanmil Housing on this trial, we now know that high speed broadband can be delivered through fibre optics at a reasonable cost into new housing developments.”Economy Minister Nigel Dodds commenting on trial
The trial involved Bytel providing a fibre to the home system for 10 homes with Virgin Media providing fibre to street cabinets and copper from there to the home which was capable of connecting all the properties in the development.
While many will complain that this is just a drop in the ocean in terms of higher speed broadband, from smaller scale deployments like this, experience and confidence is built that helps to encourage wider scale roll-out.