Check where and when broadband improvement scheme will be rolled out

Date published: 12 January 2021

Economy Minister Diane Dodds has encouraged people to check if their postcode can benefit from Project Stratum, the £165 million broadband improvement scheme.

Check if your postcode can benefit from Project Stratum.
Check if your postcode can benefit from Project Stratum.

The Minister has encouraged individuals and businesses to visit an address level postcode checker that is now available for people to check eligibility and when deployment is expected in their area. The postcode checker can be accessed at Hyperfast NI.

Economy Minister Diane Dodds said:

“I know when we announced that Fibrus Networks had been awarded the contract for Project Stratum many wanted to know where and when the investment would begin.

“Fibrus Networks have now published their roll out plan and have begun building their infrastructure six months earlier than expected. With the availability of the postcode checker, those 76,000 premises set to benefit from Project Stratum will now be able to see when gigabit-capable broadband will be available to them.

“Numerous communities, especially in rural areas, have been waiting a long time for improvements in their broadband speeds. Project Stratum aims to transform the broadband connectivity landscape for many of our citizens and businesses across Northern Ireland, with Fibrus Networks proposing a full fibre solution capable of offering speeds of up to one gigabit per second. While deployment plans can be altered for a number of technical or logistical reasons, I hope the checker will provide citizens with an indication of when work will commence in their specific areas.”

Notes to editors: 

  1. More information on Project Stratum is available on the  Department for the Economy website.
  2. The funding for Project Stratum is £150m which was allocated to the Department for the Economy by Her Majesty’s Treasury as a result of the Confidence and Supply financial annex. Additional funding of £15m was secured through the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA).
  3. For media enquiries contact the Department for the Economy Press Office on pressoffice@economy-ni.gov.uk.
  4. Follow us on Twitter @Economy_NI
  5. The Executive Information Service operates an out of hours service for media enquiries between 1800hrs and 0800hrs Monday to Friday and at weekends and public holidays. The duty press officer can be contacted on 028 9037 8110.

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