Another £5 million will be invested in rural broadband services by the Northern Ireland (NI) Executive, it has been announced.
Funding has been made available in a bid to eradicate the region's final broadband not-spots - areas where 37,000 households and businesses are still unable to access a fixed-line connection.
The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is to manage the funding, bringing its total investment in countryside broadband services to £7.5 million.
Michelle O’Neill, NI Rural Development Minister, said the money would be used exclusively to target "rural areas of high deprivation across the north" that currently have no fixed-wire infrastructure to access broadband.
"I hope that this funding will stimulate companies supplying broadband to get out into rural areas and use this infrastructure to provide access for rural dwellers and businesses to use broadband," she stated.
"I want this investment to stimulate rural businesses and give rural dwellers a wider access to services via broadband."