Derry firm nets funding for high speed broadband roll out

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The Derry firm behind the roll out of high speed internet access across the north has been given the go ahead to bring broadband to even more people.

Derry technology company North West Electronics (NWE) has been awarded £215,000 from the Department of Enterprise’s Broadband Fund that will see the firm extend its existing fixed wireless network to business and residential customers in the Dungannon, Larne, Antrim, Fermanagh, Down, Armagh, Ballymena and Newry and Mourne areas.

Enterprise minister Arlene Foster says high speed broadband is vital to the north’s telecommunications infrastructure.

“There are areas of Northern Ireland where a fixed line solution is not possible for technical and commercial reasons. The Broadband Fund enables local businesses to demonstrate how a range of technologies can deliver broadband services to rural users.”

“On completion by March 2012, this project will deliver access to broadband services of at least 10Mbps to business and residential premises, in areas where access has been limited.

“It is vital that higher speed broadband services are made as widely available as possible, enabling those living and working in some of the most rural locations to benefit from high quality, affordable broadband access.”

The investment will result in the construction of 40 network access points in prime locations across Northern Ireland.

The project will make use of the Project Kelvin infrastructure to use fibre to increase speeds to the areas of need.

NWE have already delivered an extensive fixed wireless network across large parts of the north.