This website, operated by BT Northern Ireland, pulls together all the key information about fibre broadband to increase awareness and inform consumers of the benefits and availability of this exciting new technology.
BT is upgrading its copper broadband network and data technologies and investing in a new fibre network to bring fibre broadband to homes and businesses across Northern Ireland and the UK.
Fibre broadband uses the latest fibre optic technology (known as fibre to the cabinet, or FTTC) to greatly increase broadband speeds by replacing a section of the copper network with superfast fibre optic cable. The result is download speeds of up to 80Mbps, and upload speeds of up to 20Mbps.
Significant investments by BT and the public sector mean that currently over 90% of all lines in Northern Ireland are connected to a fibre broadband cabinet. Northern Ireland is one of the best connected locations in the world, and by March 2012 it had more fibre deployed than most major European countries aspire to rollout by 2015!
Fibre broadband is available on an ‘Open Access’ basis – meaning that other Internet Service Providers (ISPs) can use the network to offer their own fibre broadband services. This means that there are lots of options available to both home users and businesses to choose the supplier and package that is best for them.