20 Mar 2024

Event round up - Digital Infrastructure Leaders Series: Northern Ireland

techUK hosted a webinar exploring Northern Ireland's journey to 94.2% gigabit-capable broadband coverage with industry leaders from Openreach, Fibrus, VMO2. Along with insight from Building Digital UK on Project Stratum/the Shared Rural Network and techUK's most recent Local Digital Index.

Following the launch of techUK’s Digital Local Index 2023, Northern Ireland showcased a rapid increase in gigabit broadband availability and is leading the way as 86% of premises have access. Ofcom’s Connected Nations 2023 revealed that more than nine in 10 Northern Ireland homes can access full fibre broadband, over 51,000 more than last year. And that 5G availability is gathering pace. Nearly three quarters of a million Northern Ireland homes have access to full-fibre broadband – higher than all other UK nations. 

This webinar heard from industry leaders on how this was achieved, what more can be done to reach the full rollout of gigabit-capable broadband, and what more can be done to improve access to 5G.  

Our stellar lineup of presenters included:

  • Garret Kavanagh, Director - Northern Ireland, Openreach
  • Shane Haslem, Chief Operating Officer, Fibrus
  • Paul Mullan, Public Affairs Manager, VMO2
  • Ileana Lupsa, Programme Manager - Local Public Services and Nations and Regions, techUK
  • Jim Hill, Local Delivery Lead, Building Digital UK

You can watch the full webinar recording here:


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