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94 more towns and villages set for full fibre broadband

Mairead Meyer, director of Openreach in Northern Ireland
Gary McDonald Business Editor

HOMES and businesses in another 94 rural towns and villages in the north are in line for full fibre broadband under new plans revealed by digital infrastructure provider Openreach.

The locations - stretching from Kilrea to Lisbellaw and from Warrenpoint to Fintona - will benefit from the more reliable one gigabit mains broadband by March 2022.

It brings to 124 the number of Northern Ireland locations included in Openreach’s build programme, which is currently reaching 750 premises every day.

And it comes a week after Openreach confirmed that it recruiting more than 100 apprentice engineers over the coming months to support its increasing workload.

Mairead Meyer, regional director of Openreach, said: “As one of the biggest investors in infrastructure in Northern Ireland, we're committed to bringing ultra-reliable and ultrafast broadband to as many people as we can, as quickly as possible, and are delighted to announce this further 94 locations in our build programme.

“This is important as we look to play a role in the economic recovery and long-term growth of Northern Ireland.

“Ensuring we’re balanced in our build programme is central to this, and our engineers are building to more than 750 homes every day in both rural and urban areas.”

Welcoming Openreach's announcement, Retail NI chief executive Glyn Roberts said: “As we look to recovery and make plans for future economic development and growth, it's vitally important our rural towns and villages are not left behind.

“The continued investment and roll out of full fibre broadband will bring greater opportunities for everyone - from wholesalers and independent retailers to suppliers to the retail sector – leading to improved digitalisation and help to bridge the gap between rural and urban areas.”

OPENREACH BUILD LOCATIONS

Co. Antrim

Aghalee

Aghagallon

Ahoghill

Armoy

Ballycarry

Ballycastle

Ballygally

Broughshane

Bushmills

Cloughmills   

Crumlin

Cullybackey

Cushendall

Dervock

Glenavy

Kells

Maghaberry

Portglenone

Randalstown

Rasharkin

Templepatrick

Toome

Whitehead

 

Co. Armagh

Bessbrook

Camlough

Charlemont

Crossmaglen

Forkhill

Keady

Laurelvale

Markethill

Richill

Tandragee

 

Co. Down

Ardglass

Annahilt

Annalong

Ballykinler

Ballywalter

Ballyhalbert

Castlewellan

Crossgar

Donaghacloney

Dromara

Dromore

Dundrum

Gilford

Greyabbey

Hillsborough

Hilltown

Kilkeel

Killyleagh

Millisle

Moira

Magheralin

Portaferry

Portavogie

Rathfriland

Rostrevor

Strangford

Waringstown

Warrenpoint

The Burren

 

Co. Fermanagh

Ballinamallard

Bellanaleck

Derrygonnelly

Irvinestown

Lisbellaw

Lisnaskea

Maguiresbridge

Newtownbutler

 

Co. Derry

Ballyronan

Bellaghy

Castledawson

Castlerock

Claudy

Draperstown

Dungiven

Feeny

Garvagh

Kilrea

Maghera

Moneymore

Swatragh

 

Co. Tyrone

Aughnacloy

Ballygawley

Carrickmore

Castlederg

Coalisland

Donaghmore

Dromore

Fintona

Fivemiletown

Magheramason

Newtownstewart

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