Project Stratum - premises considered for inclusion

Project Stratum is improving broadband connectivity, by upgrading broadband infrastructure to premises across Northern Ireland that cannot yet access Next Generation Access (NGA) broadband services. This page explains how the Department identified premises, before seeking information about the quality of broadband services available.

Information used

The premises considered during the Project Stratum Open Market Review (OMR) and Public Consultation process were based on a list of premises provided by Land and Property Services through its Pointer dataset.

Pointer relies on inputs from local councils and Royal Mail to stay up to date. As the best dataset of premises in Northern Ireland, we considered those premises in Pointer where, at the time of the OMR, their record indicated that building work had been completed.

For information on how the premises identified were assessed for availability of NGA broadband, please see Project Stratum – identifying eligible premises.

What to do if your premises is not eligible

A contract was awarded to Fibrus Networks Ltd in November 2020 to deliver NGA broadband to over 76,000 premises across Northern Ireland. There is £165m of public funding available for Project Stratum, and Fibrus Networks is also making a significant investment in the project, in order to build and manage an open access network that will offer citizens a choice of broadband services from a number of providers.

Deployment is now underway to make services available to the defined intervention area. Although the Department is not currently able to provide any additional subsidy that would allow us to intervene beyond that agreed intervention area, premises not currently included can still register interest with Fibrus Networks at HyperfastNI. These premises can then be considered for connection during the network rollout if Fibrus Networks’ infrastructure is passing close to the premises and it is considered by the contractor to be commercially viable.

What to do if you believe your premises was excluded incorrectly

In the event that any data anomalies are identified, based on information provided by citizens who believe their premises may be eligible for consideration under Project Stratum, the Department will make every reasonable effort to assess any new information provided and seek to identify potential solutions.

If you have any further queries, or if you think your premises should be included in Project Stratum, you can contact the Project Stratum team at stratum@economy-ni.gov.uk. Please provide the full address and postcode of your premises, the current quality of available broadband, and dates indicating when your premises was built and when the property was first occupied.

We will endeavour to reply to your enquiry as soon as possible.

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