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Boost your broadband connection

15 January 2016

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council is working with Avanti Communications to promote a subsidised pilot scheme being trialled locally across counties Antrim and Fermanagh, aimed at improving broadband speeds for homes and businesses based in rural areas, or in areas of poor connectivity.

The scheme was launched recently in Crumlin Leisure Centre and the Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Jonathan Bell has welcomed the news. The Rural Superfast Broadband Scheme is available to homes and businesses, as well as community and voluntary organisations, in Counties Antrim and Fermanagh with slow or no broadband. 

Councillor John Blair, Deputy Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council said: “I am pleased our Borough has been chosen to be part of this project, which is offering a number of subsidised satellite broadband installations and packages to households. Poor broadband speeds can often be an issue for people and businesses in rural areas. Satellite broadband offers a cost effective alternative to farmers, agricultural businesses and people living in rural locations to improve their broadband speeds.”

The scheme offers a maximum of 1,000 subsidised satellite broadband installations and packages to households and businesses across the pilot area. The scheme will end on 31 March 2016, so to experience what level of Wi-Fi broadband connection that can be achieved; those interested in the scheme should visit Crumlin Leisure Centre as soon as possibleA second trial demonstration site was also launched in Sixmile Leisure Centre, Ballyclare from 8 February 2016.

pdf icon Satellite Broadband Support Scheme Factsheet (169Kb)

For further information and to check eligibility please visit www.better-broadband.co.uk/antrim or contact one of the following registered broadband service providers: Europasat - 0808 252 0228 www.europasat.com, www.satellitesolutionsworldwide.com or Avonline Broadband - 0808 301 5366 www.avonlinebroadband.com

CAPTION: Deputy Mayor, Councillor John Blair, launches the Rural Superfast Broadband Scheme with Stephen Frith (BDUK), Councillor Paul Michael, Simon Barrett (Avanti Communications), Councillor Roisin Lynch, Councillor Annmarie Logue, Councillor Matthew Magill & Alderman Thomas Burns.