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 Networks Ltd was selected by the Northern Ireland Executive to deliver Project Stratum. Project Stratum has radically transformed broadband connectivity by extending gigabit capable full fibre broadband infrastructure to approximately 82,000 homes and businesses across Northern Ireland none of which had access to meaningful broadband services.



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 conclude immediately, and implementation will run until March 2025. The investment of £150million by DfE and £15million from DAERA, combined with Fibrus’ substantial investment in network build costs, has helped transform the broadband connectivity landscape for many of our citizens and businesses across primarily rural areas of Northern Ireland.

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