Delivering Project Stratum in Northern Ireland

Welcome to Hyperfast NI - the portal created specifically for information and updates on Project Stratum delivered by Fibrus bringing full fibre, hyperfast broadband to rural communities in Northern Ireland.


We have been busy working on the initial designs and surveys and early build is underway. Check back in the coming weeks for information on coverage, dates, and locations.


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About Project Stratum

Project Stratum aims to improve broadband connectivity by extending Next Generation Access (NGA) broadband infrastructure to premises across Northern Ireland that cannot yet access NGA broadband services.


Project Stratum represents an investment of £150m by the Department for the Economy (DfE) and £15m by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA). The £165m broadband improvement contract has been awarded to Fibrus Networks Ltd. This means that we are one step closer to bringing next generation broadband services to those businesses and people who need it most.


A full fibre solution, capable of offering speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second to almost 97 percent of premises in the target intervention area will be delivered. Plans to address the remaining premises in the target intervention area will be announced in the near future, further building on DfE's aims to maximise coverage to reach as many premises as possible through this public intervention.


Deployment of the new infrastructure is expected to commence immediately, and implementation will run until March 2024. The public investment of £165 million combined with Fibrus' substantial investment in network build costs, will help transform the broadband connectivity landscape for many of our citizens and businesses across primarily rural areas of Northern Ireland.

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Current timing of deployment

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PLEASE NOTE: Dates shown reflect the current forecast for the build plan. This will be subject to change as the programme progresses. Please check back for updates

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About Fibrus

Fibrus is an exciting telecommunications provider seeking to transform the digital infrastructure of rural and regional Northern Ireland by investing in excess of £100m to bring full fibre broadband to home and businesses across Northern Ireland.


Fibrus is owned by Infracapital, a leading infrastructure investor, who have a strong track-record in delivering, owning and managing investments in full fibre broadband projects.


Infracapital provides Fibrus with world class backing and management which has allowed Fibrus to put in place a team that is simply second to none. The Fibrus Stratum project team record over 100 years' experience building digital infrastructure and has connected in excess of two million homes and businesses.

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Having built, operated and commercialised fibre networks throughout the UK and Ireland, our senior management team have combined their experience, to focus on delivering an unrivalled service, at home, here in Northern Ireland.

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Careers

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Fibrus are building full fibre networks across NI and have technical and project management opportunities with Fibrus and our delivery partners.


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Latest News


First Pole Install

On the 17th November 2020 Fibrus signed a landmark contract that is set to revolutionise connectivity in rural and regional areas of Northern Ireland.

Project Stratum will radically transform broadband connectivity by extending gigabit capable full fibre broadband infrastructure to approximately 79,000 homes and businesses across Northern Ireland - none of which have access to meaningful broadband services.

The contract is support by two major contributions, namely a £150m investment by the Department for the Economy (DfE) and £15m by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA). Additional funding was provided directly by Fibrus, bringing the total value of this project to an impressive £350million.

While Fibrus leaders were at Stormont putting pen to paper, our field team were already on the ground installing the first of many poles to launch plans into action. As poles were erected, rural and regional areas in Northern Ireland began to see this investment brought to their towns.

The logistical planning and immediate execution of this work is testament to the commitment and dedication of Fibrus, as well as the skill of our team who are equipped and ready to deliver full fibre broadband to the people of Northern Ireland.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Hyperfast NI is a brand owned by Fibrus that is wholly focused on promoting information on the delivery of Project Stratum as an open access wholesale network.


Project Stratum aims to improve broadband connectivity by extending Next Generation Access (NGA) broadband infrastructure to approximately 76,000 premises across Northern Ireland that cannot yet access NGA broadband services.The project is built around a partnership between Northern Ireland Department for the Economy (DfE) and Fibrus Networks Limited.

The project is financed as a public sector gap funding initiative, with funds from the Department for the Economy; £150m has been allocated to the project as a result of the Confidence and Supply Agreement, along with additional funding of £15m secured through the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA).

This brings the total amount of available funding for Project Stratum to £165m to help deliver substantial enhancements to Internet connectivity across Northern Ireland. Broadband coverage across the intervention area may also be extended through industry investment to ensure that as many premises are served as possible.


This website is regularly updated so please check back here.

If you want to be kept informed about the rollout programme and when Hyperfast (full-fibre) access will be available in your area, please leave your details via the contact link.


Fibrus is an exciting telecommunications provider seeking to transform the digital infrastructure of rural and regional Northern Ireland by investing in excess of £100m to bring full fibre broadband to homes and businesses across Northern Ireland.

Fibrus is owned by Infracapital, a leading infrastructure investor, who have a strong track-record in delivering, owning and managing investments in full fibre broadband projects.

Infracapital provide Fibrus with world class backing and management which has allowed Fibrus to put in place a team that is simply second to none. The Fibrus Stratum project team hold over 100 years’ experience of building digital infrastructure and has connected in excess of two million homes and businesses.


Hyperfast (full-fibre) broadband is the new generation of broadband.

Hyperfast broadband means fibre-optic cables run all the way to the home or business. It provides speeds of up to 1GB and it can often be referred to as Fibre to the Premise (FTTP).

Services provided via ISP’s (Internet Service Providers) will enhance your current internet experience by enabling access to a wide range of applications, including:
• Video on Demand
• Social Media
• Unrivalled Gaming
• Remote Working
• HD Video Calling
• Virtual Storage


The Stratum project commenced building the Hyperfast (full-fibre) access network during November 2020 and is planned to complete build by 2024.

More detailed information on locations to be covered, premises passed, and timing of the build will be provided on this website via regular updates.


The Fibrus/Stratum Team will publish the roll out plan for Stratum before the end of the year. Whilst the plan may be subject to change, we feel that it is important to provide our best view of ‘where and when’ as early as possible. Changes are likely to occur - it is simply not possible with a programme of this nature, spread over an area as large as Northern Ireland, to plan in detail every area at the same time. As a result some areas will be planned and then enabled before others. The Stratum team fully appreciates the significant benefits hyperfast broadband will bring and therefore understands the frustration in waiting. The team will endeavor to keep you informed as plans evolve and the maps on the website will be regularly updated.


To get fibre broadband, you will need to place an order with an Internet Service Provider (ISP). This is because fibre broadband uses a different technology to your current broadband and an engineer will need to visit your premises to install the necessary equipment.

Links to ISPs offering fibre broadband can be found on this website (RSP’s) so you can shop around and choose the best deal to meet your requirements.


To obtain Hyperfast broadband you will need to sign up with an Internet Service Provider (ISP). If you already have broadband you will have an existing contract with an ISP.

ISP’s providing full fibre broadband services can be found under the RSP section of this website. The prices are set by the Internet Service Providers (ISPs), and the packages offered may vary so you should choose the best deal to suit your requirements.


Information for Retail Service Provider

Fibrus Wholesale

Fibrus offer Wholesale Access Services to Retail Service Providers in areas where infrastructure is subject to public funding. This includes the Project Stratum intervention area.

Fibrus published its Wholesale Reference Offer on 5th June 2020, here.

Retail Service Providers can contact the Fibrus Wholesale team for information on coverage, onboarding and interconnect on fibruswholesale@fibrus.com

How do I get Hyperfast?

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Fibrus are providing a Wholesale network for the intervention area.
Retail Service Providers offering services will be listed here.

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