Northern Ireland broadband availability nears 100%
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Broadband availability in Northern Ireland has almost reached 100%, with only 1.5% of people in the country not having access to high-speed Internet services.
Northern Ireland’s Enterprise Minister Barry Gardiner said that the country was on track to provide every household and business with broadband access by the end of 2005. All BT telephone exchanges in the country have been upgraded to provide broadband.
Gardiner added that Northern Ireland is aiming to become the first region in Europe to offer 100% broadband access, and that it is now focussing on providing wireless broadband infrastructure to the remaining 1.5% of the population that do not yet have access. There are currently 150,000 broadband users in the country, according to industry figures, with demand on the increase, reports BBC.
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