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DETI UK Move to Fill Northern Irelands Last Sub 2Mbps Broadband Slowspots

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012 (7:51 am) - Score 1,090

The UK government’s Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI) has quietly launched a new public consultation that aims to find and fill the last remaining sub-2Mbps broadband ISP slowspots in Northern Ireland, which is despite the regions superfast broadband availability already being close to 100%.

Northern Ireland is already one of the strongest parts of the UK for broadband coverage. Ofcom’s latest March 2012 data claimed that “all homes” in the region are now connected to an ADSL-enabled BT local exchange (note: this doesn’t necessarily mean they can receive a good service / speed) and 66% of homes have already taken a fixed broadband ISP connection (UK average of 72%).

Crucially Northern Ireland also has the highest estimated proportion of homes able to receive a superfast broadband (25Mbps+) service (94%), which is dominated by coverage from both Virgin Media and BT. Ofcom estimates that 87% of homes in the region were able to receive BT’s up to 80Mbps capable Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC) technology by March 2012.

Despite the strong figures there are still pockets in the region where broadband remains either too slow or is simply unusable and that’s what DETI intends to target.

DETI Statement

The DETI Telecoms Action Plan 2011-15 proposed that it would ‘ensure the continuing provision of access to a broadband service in Northern Ireland, regardless of where you live or do business.’

The UK Government’s has proposed that virtually all premises across Northern Ireland [and the UK] should be able to access a broadband service with a speed of at least 2 Megabits per second (Mbps) by 2015 and to provide superfast broadband to at least 90% of premises with speeds in excess of 24 Mbps.

DETI is considering those homes and businesses in Northern Ireland, particularly those in rural areas, where the choice of broadband provision is limited and/or the available speeds are less than 2 Mbps.

People who believe they are unable to receive internet download speeds of 2Mbps or better have been asked to complete a special form by 12th October 2012 and return it to DETI, which should help to inform the departments future strategy. Further details can be found at the link below. Vredits to Thinkbroadband for catching this update.

DETI Telecoms Policy
http://www.detini.gov.uk/deti-telecoms-index/deti-telecoms-whats-new.htm

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4 Responses
  1. Avatar andy says:

    Check out the list of post codes in the link with sub 2Mbit speeds

    BT is no where near 100% Coveragefor Infinity perhaps 60%. But using BT’s figures it likley they base there coverage on population and not areas and cabinets.

    “Northern Ireland, which is despite the regions superfast broadband availability already being close to 100%” Yeah Right

    1. Avatar Darren says:

      You’ve missunderstood, the document doesn’t list postcodes that get under 2Mb/s, it lists postcodes that have 2Mb/s but are limited to the choice of two suppliers.

  2. Avatar andy says:

    The Provision of a 2 Megabit per second Broadband Service across Northern Ireland it even says it on the DETI website.

    BT have let the people of Rural Northern Ireland Down, link attached.

    http://www.detini.gov.uk/2_mbps_information_paper-2.pdf

  3. Avatar Peter McBride says:

    I have had the satellite broadband service now provided by q-sat – who took over from avanti. I cannot access any other broadband because of the isolation of where I live. The service I have received from q-sat has been so bad, that I’ve just cancelled it, and would rather do without broadband than have to deal with the incompetence and poor customer service of this provider. The absence of a decent range of providers of satellite broadband – which is the catchall leading to the almost 100% coverage for northern Ireland – means that those who do provide this service can have shockingly poor performance.

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