Sinn Féin councillor Dermot Nicholl has welcomed the announcement from DETI Telecoms that “virtually all premises across the north of Ireland will be able to access a broadband service with a speed of at least 2 Megabits per second (Mbps) by 2015”.
“This will provide superfast broadband to at least 90% of premises,” he said, but urged people living in isolated rural areas to check that they are on the Postcode List and if not register this in the public consultation which closes on 12 October 2012.
Cllr Nicholl has “relentlessly campaigned for improved broadband coverage and also the end to excessive roaming charges of mobile phones in border areas such as his own constituency of Glack, Greysteel and Ballykelly along the banks of the Foyle where people are routinely ’roamed’ into southern service providers”, a Sinn Féin statement said.
“Last Thursday I attended a conference in Cookstown . An official from OFCOM took part in the workshop. Details of the proposed DETI “Telecoms 2 Megabit per second” project were presented. Currently not everyone in the North has access to a broadband service,” he said. “This is predominantly delivered using fixed line technology through telephone lines but also includes other technologies including wireless and satellite. The DETI Telecoms Action Plan 2011-15 proposes that this should be continuously improved targeting a 2 Megabits per second service by 2015 and provide superfast broadband to at least 90% of premises with speeds in excess of 24 Mbps. While the Department has taken reasonable care to maximise coverage all across the North I am concerned that there may be gaps.”
Colr. Nicholl continued: “I would encourage everyone to check whether their own postcode has been included by visiting http://www.detini.gov.uk/deti-telecoms-index/deti-telecoms-whats-new.htm. If your postcode is not listed and I advise you to report this to DETI before the end of the consultation period on 12 October 2012. Anyone requiring assistance with this are most welcome to contact me at my office on 028 777 42488.”