Fibrus wins £165m deal to improve rural broadband
By Richard Morgan
BBC News NI Business Reporter
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Broadband provider Fibrus has been awarded a significant broadband contract, the Department for the Economy has confirmed.
Project Stratum is a £165m investment to improve rural internet connectivity across Northern Ireland.
BBC News NI first reported that Fibrus had won the tender process in September.
More than 76,000 premises are set to benefit from access to full-fibre broadband.
The total funding for Project Stratum is £165m, with £150m coming from the confidence-and-supply agreement deal signed between the DUP and the Conservative Party in 2017.
The remaining £15m is being provided by Stormont's Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs.
Economy Minister Diane Dodds described the announcement as a "significant milestone".
"We are one step closer to bringing next generation broadband services to those businesses and people who need it most," she said.
"Fibrus proposes a full-fibre solution, capable of offering speeds of up to one gigabit per second to almost 97% of premises in the target intervention area," she added.