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New funding has been released to support efforts to boost the quality of broadband available in rural areas of Northern Ireland.

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster has announced that an extra £88,000 has been put forward from the Broadband Fund to back work to improve levels of coverage in places classed as hard-to-reach.

The funding has been awarded to H20 Ireland and North West Electronics, which takes the total amount received to support their work to £639,000.

Discussing the move, Ms Foster said their project was just one of several that involves firms demonstrating "the range of technologies that will prove critical to enabling rural growth and providing access to commercial, educational and social services for rural domestic broadband users".

Details of the latest move have come after Ms Foster welcomed new plans from BT which will see fibre-optic broadband services installed in around 30,000 home and businesses in the Bangor exchange area.

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