Internet service provider (ISP) BT plans to recruit 200 former members of the armed forces to help it roll out fibre broadband, it has been reported.
According to the Belfast Telegraph, the ex-servicemen and women will start work this month across the UK, helping to deliver high-speed broadband nationwide.
Olivia Garfield, Chief Executive of BT Openreach, said it was "fantastic" that the ISP had been able to recruit so many highly skilled, motivated and disciplined individuals.
She said that the new employees' experience of complex engineering tasks in challenging environments would prove invaluable to BT over the coming months and years.
"Our fast-track recruitment programme should see the majority of them join us by the end of May and, given their experience, we will be able to train them up quickly and get them straight out where we need them," Ms Garfield said.
Lieutenant Commander Mark Walker, of the Ministry of Defence, said the department "strongly welcomes" the initiative, and its promise of rewarding career opportunities for many former armed forces personnel.
BT is working towards a target of delivering high-speed broadband services to two-thirds of the UK by 2015.