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New 'ultrafast' BT broadband roll-out comes to Antrim

Antrim will be one of the first regions in the UK to secure the next generation of broadband, BT has announced.

The firm's new 'G.fast' network will deliver speeds up to 330Mb a second. That's 10 times the UK average.

Around 4,000 homes and businesses will be able to access the connection, with the aim of 200,000 being able to use it across Northern Ireland by 2020.

Mairead Meyer, managing director of networks at BT in Northern Ireland, said: "We are delighted to announce that parts of Antrim will be among the first locations in the UK to get ultrafast speeds using G.fast technology. We recently rolled out ultrafast in Newtownards and it proved very successful for local residents and we look forward to offering Antrim the same benefits.

Ann McGregor, chief executive of the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce, said: "We warmly welcome this announcement given how important access to fast broadband is to the business community."