BT Group Plc to invest in ‘ultrafast’ broadband in Northern Ireland


(LON:BTA) has revealed plans to invest £20mln to deliver ‘ultrafast’ broadband internet to customers in Northern Ireland.

The company described the initiative, which will upgrade some 140,000 premises, as a ‘significant commercial’ and it is expected to be complete by March 2019.

BT said the new infrastructure will be capable of speeds of up to 1 gigabyte per second, which would be enough to download a high definition movie in about 25 seconds.

“We’re delighted to be investing at this significant level, delivering against our local ambition to futureproof our Northern Ireland infrastructure and rank favourably amongst the best fibre networks in Europe,” said Mairead Meyer, managing director for networks, BT Northern Ireland.

“Through our current investment programmes, 25 per cent of homes and businesses in Northern Ireland are scheduled to have access to ultrafast broadband by March 2019. 

“These investments are underpinning Northern Ireland’s internet economy and society, and bringing an online experience like never before to consumers and organisations.”