Project Stratum state aid public review

Consultation opened on 01 July 2022. Closing date 15 August 2022 at 15:00.

Summary

The department wishes to identify eligible premises to ensure that any cost savings that may arise through Project Stratum, such as removing derelict premises, or from other sources, can be used to connect eligible premises that will benefit from a Next Generation Access (NGA) broadband connection.

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Consultation description

Project Stratum is a broadband intervention scheme managed by the Department for the Economy, developed to improve connectivity for premises unable to access broadband services of at least 30 Megabits per second (Mbps). When Project Stratum deployment concludes in early 2025, it is expected that previously identified eligible premises will be able to access NGA broadband (capable of delivering download speeds of at least 30 Mbps), except for some particularly difficult to reach premises which are surrounded by bodies of water.

A number of premises were not identified as eligible due to claims made by infrastructure providers about NGA coverage that have either changed or which have not been substantiated sufficiently. Further premises were not identified as eligible due to there being insufficient data held by the department regarding them.

The department wishes to identify eligible premises to ensure that any cost savings that may arise through Project Stratum, such as removing derelict premises, or from other sources, can be used to connect eligible premises that will benefit from an NGA broadband connection.

Ways to respond

Email -
stratum@economy-ni.gov.uk
Write to -
Telecoms Branch
Department for the Economy
Netherleigh
Massey Avenue
Belfast
BT4 2JP

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