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More government funding is being made available to support the rollout of super-fast fibre broadband in Northern Ireland.

Another £14 million of taxpayer money is to be injected in the Superfast Rollout Programme, which is being delivered by BT.

As the private sector infrastructure partner, BT will also invest £3 million into the project.

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster said the finance will ensure another 38,000 Northern Irish premises are able to access next-generation connectivity.

She said the Superfast Rollout Programme is "another significant step" in making super-fast broadband services more widely available.

UK Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey claimed the UK-wide rollout of super-fast broadband is "proceeding at pace" and has reached more than two million properties already.

"[This] announcement is fantastic news for Northern Ireland," he added.

"This additional funding will see tens of thousands more homes and businesses able to access super-fast speeds and will provide a tremendous boost to Northern Ireland's economy."

Colm O'Neill, Chief Executive at BT Northern Ireland, said the infrastructure work will help to strengthen Northern Ireland's position as being "one of the best regions in Europe for fibre speeds and availability".

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