Project Stratum and Hyperfast NI
Managed by the Department for the Economy (DFE) Project Stratum is the largest publicly funded telecommunications infrastructure project of its kind in Northern Ireland. It was developed to improve connectivity for premises unable to access broadband services of 30 Megabit per second (Mbps), primarily across rural areas of Northern Ireland.
Fibrus was selected by the Northern Ireland Executive to deliver Project Stratum, which has seen £350 million invested in bringing full fibre broadband to premises across regional parts of Northern Ireland.
Project Stratum has radically transformed broadband connectivity by extending gigabit capable full fibre broadband infrastructure to approximately 85,000 homes and businesses across Northern Ireland none of which had access to meaningful broadband services. Fibrus has said that Stratum will help ensure that every home in the region will have access to full fibre broadband by 2025.
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.