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 will see £350 million invested to bring full fibre broadband to premises across regional parts of Northern Ireland.

Project Stratum will radically transform broadband connectivity by extending gigabit capable full fibre broadband infrastructure to approximately 85,000 homes and businesses across Northern Ireland none of which have 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, 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 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

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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

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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