Barclay Communications And BT Wholesale Collaborate To Connect 50,000 Businesses To Free High Speed ‘Fibre To The Premises’ Broadband This Year Alone

Barclay Communications, one of Northern Ireland’s leading business mobile, landline, and IT providers servicing 11,000 companies, has collaborated with BT Wholesale to launch a ‘Free Ultra-Fast Fibre’ initiative aimed at transforming the digital landscape of Northern Ireland’s businesses.

The partnership means businesses here who have access to ‘Fibre To The Premises’ (FTTP) technology — around 91 % of establishments — can convert to it at no extra cost.

The collaboration hopes to connect 50,000 of those businesses by the end of 2024 alone.

The initiative, known as the Free Ultra-Fast Fibre program, aims to assist businesses grappling with inadequate broadband services and those seeking larger bandwidth options. Participants in the initiative receive complimentary installation, FTTP delivery, a new line/ONT box, and a service upgrade, all without any additional charges to their existing monthly fees.

John Roulston, Barclay Communications’ Sales Director, said, “Businesses will also benefit from our top-tier, local customer support. We handle the entire installation process and continue to work closely with the customer thereafter, ensuring a seamless experience. Our goal is to simplify the process for our customers, as we understand that complexity often deters them. We’re committed to making the transition as smooth and straightforward as possible.” 

FTTP is a cutting-edge technology that directly connects optical fibre to customers’ premises, providing unparalleled speed and reliability. It offers internet speeds up to 25 times faster than superfast fibre, with upload speeds up to 12.5 times faster, making it the future of broadband connectivity.

Unlike traditional fibre connections, which rely on copper cables for the final leg of the journey, FTTP ensures that businesses are directly connected to the most advanced and reliable network in the country, with no copper cable or sharing with neighbours.

Northern Ireland is already leading the way in FTTP adoption, with approximately with over 91% of establishments having access to FTTP. However, Barclay Communications’ research shows that only 20% are aware of and utilising FTTP.

John added: “Businesses here in Northern Ireland have the best opportunity to access the fastest speeds available to them (FTTP), yet it still shocks me how many organisations struggle with poor internet speeds.”

Britt Megahey, Founder of Barclay Communications, said the program aims to balance the uptake. He said, “Our Free Fast Fibre initiative in partnership with BT Wholesale represents a significant step towards transforming the digital landscape of Northern Ireland. We aim to empower businesses with the fastest available internet speeds, bridging the digital divide and driving economic growth in the region. With our dedicated teams and BT Wholesale’s expertise, we are confident that this initiative will be a game-changer for Northern Irish businesses.”

Barclay Communications and BT Wholesale’s investment in the project will reach £6 million by 2025.

By the end of this year its goal is to make FTTP available to 50,000 eligible businesses. This will be at no additional cost to the business, also allowing them access to Barclay Communications’ dedicated teams of engineers, support staff, and implementation specialists to ensure a smooth transition with minimal disruption.

Katrina O’Mahony, Senior Sales Manager, BT Wholesale, said: “We are pleased to be working with Barclay Communications to deliver this initiative to support Northern Ireland businesses with free, ultrafast connectivity.”

“As part of our investment in the project we have provided the initial upgrade to FTTP and the collaboration means we can make a huge difference for Northern Ireland businesses of all sizes.”

To further streamline the process, Barclay Communications has introduced a dedicated webpage on its website where businesses can check their eligibility for the FTTP upgrade. To qualify, businesses must be trading within Northern Ireland.

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