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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.

Co. Antrim
Aghalee
Aghagallon
Ahoghill
Armoy
Ballycarry
Ballycastle
Ballygally
Broughshane
Bushmills
Cloughmills    
Crumlin
Cullybackey
Cushendall
Dervock
Glenavy
Kells
Maghaberry
Portglenone
Randalstown
Rasharkin
Templepatrick
Toome
Whitehead
 
Co. Armagh
Bessbrook
Camlough
Charlemont
Crossmaglen
Forkhill
Keady
Laurelvale
Markethill
Richill
Tandragee
 
Co. Down
Ardglass
Annahilt
Annalong
Ballykinler
Ballywalter
Ballyhalbert
Castlewellan
Crossgar
Donaghacloney
Dromara
Dromore
Dundrum
Gilford
Greyabbey
Hillsborough
Hilltown
Kilkeel
Killyleagh
Millisle
Moira
Magheralin
Portaferry
Portavogie
Rathfriland
Rostrevor
Strangford
Waringstown
Warrenpoint
The Burren
 
Co. Fermanagh
Ballinamallard
Bellanaleck 
Derrygonnelly 
Irvinestown
Lisbellaw
Lisnaskea
Maguiresbridge
Newtownbutler 
 
 
Co. Londonderry
Ballyronan
Bellaghy
Castledawson
Castlerock
Claudy
Draperstown
Dungiven
Feeny
Garvagh
Kilrea
Maghera
Moneymore
Swatragh
 
Co. Tyrone
Aughnacloy
Ballygawley
Carrickmore
Castlederg
Coalisland
Donaghmore
Dromore
Fintona
Fivemiletown
Magheramason
Newtownstewart

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.

Comments

Excellent news for Northern Ireland.

They should be nicely equipped with FTTP when they reunite with the Republic and Eircom can buy out and run a converged network.

  • CarlThomas
  • about 1 month ago

^^ ignorant post.

We are part of the UK and will remain to be, thanks.

  • BuckleZ
  • about 1 month ago

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