Northern Ireland’s worst connected road receives Hyperfast transformation
The findings of a recent consumer survey of broadband speeds, which was released at the end of 2020, revealed that Ringhaddy Road in Killinchy had the worst download speeds at only 0.62Mps. As well as taking the top spot in Northern Ireland, the County Down road also ranked sixth in the worst connected areas across the entire UK.
Since then, a new hyperfast broadband network has been installed which is set to revolutionise connectivity for the area. The network will run fibre-optic cables all the way to the homes and businesses (known as Fibre to the Premise or FTTP, providing speeds of up to 1GB.
The arrival of the new service to Killinchy is part of Project Stratum, a multi-million pound NI Executive contract which aims to radically transform broadband connectivity by extending gigabit capable full fibre infrastructure to approximately 79,000 homes and businesses across Northern Ireland. Hyperfast NI, delivered by Fibrus, is charged with the installation, maintenance and servicing of the network.
Speaking on the importance of connecting communities in rural and regional Northern Ireland, Julian Simpson, Stakeholder Engagement Manager at Hyperfast NI said:
“Broadband has quickly become a household utility as essential as heat and electricity, and that has only been reinforced by the increase in demand since the pandemic and the need to work and learn from home. For us, having areas that rank in the worst connected in the UK is unacceptable and unfair.
“Homes on Ringhaddy Road won’t just have better connectivity, they now have access to speeds over 1,000 times faster than what they had before. This will be transformational for the area and we’re delighted to have played an important role to address the digital imbalance in rural County Down.”
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