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Another £24.5 million is to be injected into Northern Ireland's rural fibre broadband rollout, it has been announced.

The Northern Ireland Executive says the extra funding - which comes from a variety of sources across the public and private sectors - will ensure another 45,000 premises can take advantage of super-fast broadband.

Homes and businesses in some of the region's most remote areas will gain access to fibre services by the end of 2015.

Some £9.9 million is being invested by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, with additional finance coming from the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Broadband Delivery UK and BT.

Arlene Foster, Northern Ireland's Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment, described the announcement of extra broadband finance as being "great news".

"It is another significant step in making broadband services more widely available to our citizens, irrespective of where they live or operate their business," she stated.

"I have gained an assurance from BT that these improvements will be completed by December 2015 so that consumers and businesses will benefit from the investment as quickly as possible."

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