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MLAs herald Fibrus and 'connected Coalisland'

Mid Ulster MLAs Keith Buchanan and Patsy McGlone join Shane Haslem, programme and commercial director at Fibrus, to launch the arrival of hyperfast full fibre network in Coalisland

ONE of the first small towns in the north to fully benefit from Project Stratum has now been connected to hyper-fast broadband.

Thousands of homes and businesses in Coalisland and its rural outlines now have next generation access gigabit capable broadband speeds following the continued rolled out by telecoms provider Fibrus Networks.

Earlier this year Fibrus was named as the government's preferred delivery partner under the £165m Stratum project which aims to improve rural internet connectivity to up to 80,000 homes.

Fibrus began work in Coalisland early this year to transform broadband infrastructure, having already completed extensive works across South Down and other towns in Mid Ulster, including Magherafelt and Maghera.

And 5,000 homes and businesses in Coalisland can now access the hyper fast full fibre broadband service.

“It’s because of towns like Coalisland that Fibrus was established,” the firm's programme and commercial director Shane Haslem said.

“For too long, rural and regional areas have gone without decent connectivity opportunities, despite being a hub for local businesses and start-ups.

“The arrival of full fibre broadband in Coalisland will revolutionise the way families and businesses go about their day-to-day lives. We’re really excited to see more and more rural communities getting connected to our new transformative network.”

Mid-Ulster MLAs Patsy McGlone and Keith Buchanan have both welcomed the push by Fibrus.

Mr McGlone said: “Connectivity is the cornerstone of modern society and it's essential rural communities have equal access to the high-speed broadband available in urban areas.”

Mr Buchanan added: “The importance for improved broadband connectivity has never been highlighted more than during the pandemic, when restrictions have meant children and young people needed access to online learning and many businesses and workers had to change their working pattern and work from home.”

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