Speaking from Castlewellan, where the 100,000th property was connected, Conor Harrison, Fibrus Chief Operating Officer commented: “What we are delivering is the most important infrastructure project of a generation, and at Fibrus we thrive on the impact it is having on rural people, families, and local businesses.
“For too long people have been let down and left in the digital dark ages by other providers and that is why by the end of 2025 our aim is that every property has access to proper full fibre infrastructure. Hitting 100,000 premises is a major milestone in our journey to making that happen, and we will be carrying on at full speed.”
The benefits of this transformative infrastructure project extend far beyond the delivery of full fibre broadband. Fibrus has created 250 jobs directly, contributing almost £11m in salaries to the local NI economy. This figure is almost doubled when sub-contractors and the extended supply chain are included.
Conor continued: “With the support of our partners at Infracapital, we are investing in excess of £150m on top of our recent landmark public contracts to ensure communities stay connected across the region and local businesses are able to unlock their economic potential. We know how critical this infrastructure project is for local people, so the more homes we can reach as fast as we can the better.”
With plans to hit 250,000 premises in total by the end of this year, 2022 is set to be another ambitious one for the team that was recently awarded an additional £32m funding from the NI Executive to bring 8,500 of the regions hardest to reach premises into scope of the ongoing Project Stratum.
Fibrus Chief Operating Officer, Conor Harrison (R) visits Castlewellan with Jennifer Lennon, Construction Director and John Roden, Senior Operations Director to mark connecting the 100,000th premises the their new full fibre network.