Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council is part of a Full Fibre Network NI (FFNI) Consortium of 10 Councils led by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council (NMD) that is to receive funding of £15 million from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).
The funding will be used to install gigabit capable fibre ‘direct to the premises’ of Council owned buildings by March 2021 that will in turn increase the broadband infrastructure in the surrounding vicinity.
Procurement of the fibre infrastructure is currently under way to identify the preferred bidders for the Local Full Fibre Networks (LFFN) and RGC projects by mid-June 2020. The project will transform connectivity for almost 1,000 public sector sites and deliver a major increase in GVA across the region through improved connectivity.
The FFNI Consortium believes that the future of telecommunications infrastructure in Northern Ireland is vital to economic growth, and full fibre connectivity is the key to ensuring high-speed connectivity for current and future generations. This award will allow the 10 local authorities within FFNI to future proof their network connectivity requirements for the next 20 to 25 years.