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Benefits: Mairead Meyer

Benefits: Mairead Meyer

Benefits: Mairead Meyer

Infrastructure giant Openreach has announced it's extending its full fibre service to another 94 Northern Ireland locations.

The firm, which builds and maintains the broadband network, said the service will be available within the next two years.

Openreach last week announced it's recruiting more than 100 apprentice engineers over the coming months to support the build.

The 94 locations range from Kilrea in Co Londonderry and Lisbellaw in Co Fermanagh to Warrenpoint in Co Down and Fintona in Co Tyrone.

Full fibre broadband gives homes and businesses access to broadband at speeds of up to 1Gbps, meaning faster connections and a more reliable service.

Overall, 124 locations across NI have now been included in Openreach's build programme and the company is building to 750 premises every day.

Mairead Meyer, director of Openreach Northern Ireland, said: "As one of the biggest investors in infrastructure in NI, Openreach is committed to bringing ultra-reliable and ultrafast broadband to as many people as we can, as quickly as possible.

"This is important to us as we look to play a role in the economic recovery and long-term growth of NI.

"In addition, we also have schemes in place, such as our community fibre Partnerships, which is bringing broadband to areas that are harder to reach and making sure no one gets left behind."

She added: "We're hopeful that with continued investment in the 'full fibre' broadband network, there will be benefits for everyone right across NI, no matter where they live, work or study."

Along with Fibrus, Openreach, which is a division of BT, is one of two bidders in the running to deliver broadband to around 80,000 mainly rural homes under the Government's £165m Project Stratum.

May 5 was the deadline for submission of tenders under Projet Stratum, while an announcement on the award of the contract is expected in late September.

Belfast Telegraph