Northern Ireland are to benefit from increased investment by BT into fibre broadband after the company announced today that it intends to increase the number of lines connected to a fibre broadband cabinet from 54% to 88%. This new swathe of cabinets that have been announced will allow BT's fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) technology to reach 215,000 households and businesses in the region by March 2012.
"This is a great moment in Northern Ireland's broadband story. High speed fibre broadband is transformational – it changes how we live, how we educate, how our businesses send their products and ideas around the world.
Despite the challenging economic climate in Northern Ireland, broadband investment is a priority for BT. And we are proud of the central role we are playing in giving Northern Ireland a lead in fibre broadband league tables."Graham Sutherland, (CEO) BT in Northern Ireland
BT say that this will put Northern Ireland ahead of other countries, having more fibre than most major European countries aspire to deploy by 2015. Of course, many of those major countries (the UK included) are known to be lagging in the fibre tables, whilst other sectors of Europe already have keen fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) deployments under way. We hope that BT don't stop at this milestone of 88% of lines connected by FTTC in Northern Ireland, or the country will quickly fall behind again once other areas of Europe start to get significant FTTH live.
For details of availability and when areas should be live, including details down to a per-cabinet basis, visit www.nibroadband.com.