94 rural towns and villages in Northern Ireland to see FTTP from Openreach
Northern Ireland has seen a lot of Openreach full fibre build under the Fibre First umbrella and today sees a new list of 94 rural towns and villages which will see fibre to the premises built in the next two years.
The list of 94 areas follows. The build is slated to end by March 2022 no guarantee that every property in the areas will see FTTP built out to them.
As one of the biggest investors in infrastructure in Northern Ireland, Openreach is committed to bringing ultra-reliable and ultrafast broadband to as many people as we can, as quickly as possible. With that in mind, we’re delighted to announce a further 94 towns and villages today that will be part of our ‘Full Fibre’ build programme and particularly pleased that so many of these areas are in rural communities.
This is important to us as we look to play a role in the economic recovery and long-term growth of NI. Ensuring that we’re balanced in our build programme is central to this and our engineers are building to over 750 homes every day in both rural and urban areas. In addition, we also have schemes in place, such as our ‘Community Fibre Partnerships, which is bringing broadband to areas that are harder to reach and making sure no one gets left behind.
To support the build programme, we’ve also announced that we’re recruiting over 100 apprentice engineers across the region between now and March 2021. Our new recruits will be joining the team at a really exciting time and if anyone is interested in applying, they can find out more on our website.
We’re hopeful that with continued investment in the ‘Full Fibre’ broadband network, there will be benefits for everyone right across NI, no matter where they live, work or study and we’re proud to be building a strong and resilient network that will meet the needs of everyone, now and in the future.Mairead Meyer, Director of Openreach Northern Ireland
The exchanges covering these areas will get added to our Fibre Towns/Villages tracking and we look forward to seeing the roll-out progress.
Northern Ireland is miles ahead of the other UK nations and regions in terms of full fibre availability (40.79% from Openreach and 47.75 once you add the Virgin Media RFOG) and the level of overlap is not too high yet (current overlap is 3.93% of premises in Northern Ireland). The level of overlap may change though as Fibrus is keen to expand its footprint and if they do win the LFFN contract as is widely expected this will provide the key foothold to build out from and deliver on its residential FTTP ambitions.