BT lays the foundations for better connected homes
BT today has announced it is working with local property developers, HBH Developments, a joint venture between Hilmark Homes and Blue Horizon Developments, to install Fibre to the Premise technology in a major new 140 unit property development currently under construction at Harberton BT9 on the Malone Road, Belfast.
It is the first time BT has worked with developers in Northern Ireland to ensure property buyers have access to one of the fastest fibre broadband connections as standard in a new residential development.
Fibre to the Premise Technology creates a direct line between the network and the home or business, resulting in faster download speeds of up to 330 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 40 Mbps, which is the equivalent of downloading a feature length movie of 850MB in size in approximately 20 seconds.
Alex Crossan, Managing Director Networks BT Northern Ireland said: “This is a significant milestone in the roll out of fibre in Northern Ireland. At BT, we understand how crucial connectivity is for people and the vital role it plays in all of our daily lives whether at home or work. It's the first build programme of its kind that BT has delivered in Northern Ireland and opens the door for other developers to get in touch and work with us to ensure new home-owners have access to the superfast broadband technology.
He added, “We are also delighted to launch our Connectivity Assessment Tool (CAT) in conjunction with the House Builders Federation (HBF). Connectivity Assessment is a new service that allows a developer to receive an upfront assessment of the potential broadband connectivity and speeds that should be possible for their development, even prior to land purchase".
Caroline McGovern, Hilmark Homes, Sales & Marketing Manager, said: "Technology plays an incredibly important part in our everyday lives - from interacting on social media to conducting business remotely. As such, our customers consider having access to fibre broadband in a new home to be as important to them as having the core utilities such as gas, electricity and water. We need to meet this demand head on so being able to provide access to fibre broadband to prospective buyers from the outset is crucial so that we remain competitive in the marketplace."
The first phase of the development is well underway with first occupants this summer. Simon Brien Residential have recently released Phase Two of this popular development, visit www.harbertonBT9.com to find out more.
For further information on the Connectivity Assessment Tool visit: http://www.newdevelopments-openreach.co.uk/developers-and-architects/connectivity.aspx