The Project Stratum initiative was developed to address rural broadband problems across Northern Ireland. The Northern Ireland Executive, through the Department of the Economy and Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) is committing £165m to the initative. The aim of Project Stratum is to ensure that every home in the region will have access to full fibre broadband by 2025.
In late 2020 Broadband Provider Fibrus were appointed to deliver Project Stratum and deployment has already commenced with the first premises being connected in March 2021.
Project Stratum will radically transform broadband connectivity by extending gigabit capable full fibre broadband infrastructure to approximately 76,000 homes and businesses across Northern Ireland none of which have access to meaningful broadband services. Within Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough over 10,000 households are set to benefit from the project.