New fibre optic revolution to begin in Belfast
Belfast is to become the first Northern Ireland location to benefit from a new roll-out of fibre optic cables directly to front doors.
The city is to benefit from Openreach's fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) roll-out programme 'Fibre First', where fibre optic cables are laid from the exchange directly to people's front doors.
The Crumlin Road, Falls, Shankill, Shore Road, Malone Road, Ormeau Road, Lisburn Road and the Upper Newtownards Road areas will be the first of the city to be connected. The fibre connections will provide speeds of up to 1Gbps, about 24 times faster than the current UK average.
BT's Northern Ireland Networks engineering division was renamed Openreach last month.