The report shows that whilst full-fibre broadband is
available to more than half of homes across the United Kingdom, Northern
Ireland leads the way with 91% able to get a full-fibre connection. This is an
increase on 2022 where it was available to 85% of homes in Northern Ireland.
The Fermanagh & South Tyrone MLA said, “In 2017 the DUP secured £150million of public investment to improve our broadband connectivity. Sinn Fein questioned the need for public money to be invested into high-speed broadband for rural dwellers, but thousands of homes and businesses, particularly in rural areas are seeing the practical benefits it has brought.
Fermanagh & South Tyrone is one of Northern Ireland’s most rural constituencies which lagged behind urban areas for many years. This area has now seen the highest level of investment in broadband across Northern Ireland.
High speed broadband is is a necessity when putting forward an offer to investors considering where to establish or expand their business. Northern Ireland leads not just the United Kingdom but is also well ahead of the Republic of Ireland in terms of our broadband connectivity. This is down to foresight, action and delivery by the DUP.”