£21m Fibrus investment bringing hyperfast broadband to Mid Ulster

Northern Ireland’s newest full-fibre broadband provider, Fibrus, has today announced plans to invest £21m in Mid Ulster, connecting homes and businesses to a new hyperfast full-fibre broadband network.

Monday, 20th July 2020, 3:04 pm
Updated Monday, 20th July 2020, 4:09 pm
Craig Adair, Head of Network Delivery at Fibrus was joined by local Councillors at a recent information session at Mid Ulster District Council offices.

Fibrus has already launched an extensive roll-out which is set to transform connectivity for regional and rural parts of Northern Ireland. The next phase of the investment programme has now reached Maghera and Magherafelt and will see the installation of a critical full-fibre digital infrastructure.

Dominic Kearns, CEO at Fibrus said: “We are delighted to be bringing our hyperfast broadband services to Mid Ulster, providing families and businesses with access to revolutionary full-fibre broadband. Our total investment of £21million will be one of the largest investment packages in new infrastructure that Mid Ulster has had in the last 20 years.

“This is something that home and business owners in Maghera and Magherafelt have not been able to access before and it is important now more than ever.”

Dominic Kearns.

The Fibrus service will offer download speeds that are 17 times faster than the average speed across Northern Ireland, according to the latest Ofcom report*. This is thanks to Fibrus’s use of full-fibre networks which are designed exclusively to carry broadband, as opposed to copper networks that carry phone or television traffic.

Mr Kearns said: “In simple terms, this means no more buffering, hyperfast speeds and uninterrupted video calling. This is crucial in a post-pandemic world, where staying connected from the comfort and safety of your own home is critical - both for families and for business.

“Reliable, high speed connectivity has become an essential utility, as important as electricity and water. More and more local businesses and their employees are now operating from home, trying to ensure work continues as normal. This requires, and in fact relies upon, uninterrupted access to efficient broadband.”

As well as the £21million investment locally, Fibrus recently announced a plan to identify and ‘plug’ any remaining gaps to ensure 100% of homes and businesses in NI will have access to full-fibre by 2025, making NI the first region in the UK or Ireland to achieve this milestone.

“Fibrus will continue to address the imbalance in rural connectivity and we look forward to seeing more communities enjoying the benefits of our full-fibre network,” added Mr Kearns.

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