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5,000 premises in Mid and East Antrim are set to benefit from a broadband upgrade by March 2024

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Almost 5,000 premises in Mid and East Antrim are set to benefit from a broadband upgrade by March 2024, it has been stated.

A report to the borough council using revised data from Department for Economy (DfE), says that a total of 4,696 properties in the borough will benefit from ‘Next Generation Access’ broadband services capable of delivering in excess of 30 megabytes per second.

The report stated that this will bring ‘Next Generation Access’ broadband coverage in Mid and East Antrim from 92.2 per cent to 99.7 per cent.

Councillors have been told that 221 responses to a broadband survey carried out in 2016 were received by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council.

The report said that since the ‘Project Stratum’ contract was awarded to Fibrus Networks Ltd on November 18, the Department for Economy has held two meetings with officers from councils in Northern Ireland.
Fibrus now intends to meet with each council to discuss each specific area and a further session will be provided to update elected representatives.

The report has indicated that 19 premises from the survey will not be included in the ‘Project Stratum intervention area’ due to being “the hardest to reach and not feasible through the project”.

It went on to say that overall 194 have been “de-scoped” in Mid and East and 2,517 across Northern Ireland.

However, it has been stated that DfE “hopes to secure funding to reach the last three per cent of the premises in Northern Ireland that have been de-scoped”.

The council says that it will remain in contact with DfE to get regular updates on this issue.

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