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Project Stratum

A broadband intervention scheme managed by the Department for the Economy (DfE), developed to improve connectivity for premises unable to access broadband services of at least 30 Megabits per second.


Department for the Economy - Project Stratum – Discrete Superfast Review

Public Review for additional eligible premises

Project Stratum is a broadband intervention scheme managed by the Department for the Economy (DfE), developed to improve connectivity for premises unable to access broadband services of at least 30 Megabits per second. When Project Stratum deployment concludes in early 2025, it is expected that previously identified eligible premises will be able to access Next Generation Access (NGA) broadband (capable of delivering download speeds of at least 30 Mbps), except for some particularly difficult to reach premises which are surrounded by bodies of water. The intervention area is more than 97% rural with 85,000 premises in the current plan.

Over 5,000 premises will be addressed in the Antrim and Newtownabbey area by 2025.

A number of premises were identified as ineligible due to claims made by infrastructure providers about NGA coverage that has either changed or which have not been substantiated sufficiently. Further premises were not identified as eligible due to there being insufficient data held by DfE regarding them.

Plans are underway between BDUK and Fibrus Networks to ascertain if additional premises can be included in the scheme.

If you have any questions, please contact the Department for the Economy via E. stratum@economy-ni.gov.uk

Updates about the project and eligibility for your area can be found on the HyperfastNI website - https://hyperfastni.com/

Useful Contacts

Digital Innovation Team

Mossley Mill ,
Carnmoney Road North,
Newtownabbey,
BT36 5QA

Tel: 028 9034 0091

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