Thursday, September 20, 2012

Delivering minimum 2Mbps services across Northern Ireland


Northern Ireland's Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI) has published a public consultation aimed at identifying areas currently unable to receive minimum 2Mbps broadband services. DETI's information paper highlights that despite the huge progress that's been made, there remains more to do to ensure everyone is able to access broadband services:
"Information from OFCOM indicates that Northern Ireland has the highest availability of superfast broadband services in the UK and estimates that 94% of homes had  access to these services by March 2012 compared to a UK–wide figure of 60%. DETI is now considering how to address those remaining homes and businesses in Northern Ireland, particularly those in rural areas, where the choice of broadband provision is limited and/or the available speeds are less than 2 Mbps."
The purpose of the consultation is "to seek comments from the telecommunications industry, users affected by the proposals, political representatives or any other interested parties". DETI is particularly interested in any current or planned investment that will result in network infrastructure that is capable of delivering minimum 2Mbps services in the areas the project will cover, in keeping with European state aid requirements. The consultation closes on 12 October 2012.

Coverage from ISP Review here and ThinkBroadband here.

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