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Project Stratum

A broadband infrastructure project to extend access to superfast broadband services across Northern Ireland

Project Stratum is a broadband infrastructure project that aims to utilise public funding of £197m to extend access to superfast broadband services to 85,000 premises across Northern Ireland.

Project Description

The target intervention area for Project Stratum is predominantly rural – 97% of the 85,000 premises eligible to benefit from this intervention lie in areas classed by NISRA as band H, meaning settlements of less than 1,000 people or open countryside. Two thirds of these premises could not access broadband services delivering speeds above 15 Mbps prior to the project’s deployment activities.

The premises to benefit from Project Stratum will be in a position to avail of gigabit-capable broadband delivered through a ‘full fibre’ solution in the form of Fibre to the Premises (FTTP). This will provide citizens with the option of availing of broadband services with speeds up to 1,000 Mbps (1 Gbps) with speed packages available to consumers on an open access network.

Project Status

Project Stratum has deployed to approximately two thirds of the target intervention area (more than 62,000 premises) and is on track to complete deployment to all 85,000 premises by March 2025.

SIB Involvement

Project Stratum is led by an SIB-appointed Project Director; SIB is also providing Legal Counsel for the project, Financial Assessment expertise for phase I of the procurement; Project Development Research services (Lotting) were sourced through SIB; and the Buy Social team have engaged with the project to ensure that there is appropriate cover in the contract.

For further information contact:

Nigel Robbins, Project Director

E: nigel.robbins@economy-ni.gov.uk

Rural Scene Example of Target Intervention Area Project Stratum