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.

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A full fibre solution

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.

Connecting Rural Communities

Deployment of the new infrastructure is expected to commence immediately, and implementation will run until March 2024. The investment of £150million by DfE and £15million from DAERA, 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.


Current Timing of Deployment

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 Ltd is an exciting new 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 record over 100 years’ experience building digital infrastructure and has connected in excess of 2 million homes and businesses.


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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