Full Fibre NI
Full Fibre NI, is a new UK Government funded project that will see the ten councils (outside of Belfast) coming together in order to benefit from a new Gigabit speed “full fibre” (FTTP / Dark Fibre) network, which aims to connect around 880 public sector sites by March 2021.
The ten councils have formed the Full Fibre Northern Ireland Consortium (FFNI) to oversee the project and this is being led by the Newry, Mourne and Down District Council. The deployment is being supported by a public investment of £15 million, which was recently awarded under Wave 3 of the UK Government’s Local Full Fibre Networks (LFFN).
The project will follow the usual Public-Sector Anchor Tenancy model, which will first focus upon connecting public sector sites to the new fibre optic lines before later opening this network up for use by Internet Service Providers to offer 1Gbps broadband services to local businesses and possibly even homes.
Fibrus Networks Ltd were appointed to deliver the project.
As of March 2022, 47 Council-owned sites have been successfully upgraded to full fibre capabilities. In addition, 34 Business Services Organisation sites within the Borough have also been upgraded.
These upgrades represent circa £2.5m of investment in digital infrastruture across the Borough.