BT has called on government and public sector organisations around the country to work together to ensure that all parts of the UK benefit from fibre broadband.
Bill Murphy, managing director NGA, BT Group said the communications company was willing to consider a further major investment in superfast broadband “if we can create the right environment”.
He emphasised that the full benefits of the high-speed technology would only be achieved by a partnership approach between the private and public sectors.
His appeal follows the announcement of the first major faster broadband private and public sector partnership in the UK.
Eighty five per cent of businesses in Northern Ireland now have access to fibre broadband, providing speeds several times quicker than those previously available, following a £52 million initiative by Northern Ireland’s Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI) and lead partner BT.
Said Bill Murphy: “The success of the Northern Ireland project demonstrates what can be achieved when organisations work together, combining their expertise and resources.
“Like parts of the UK, Northern Ireland has rural areas where the engineering challenges and costs are considerable. But we worked together to roll-out faster broadband far more quickly and more widely than would have been possible without a partnership approach.
“We are very willing to make a further major investment in parts of the UK if we can work with the public sector to create the right environment,” he said.