New office development with ultrafast broadband attracts start-ups to Lisburn

The Lisburn Enterprise Organisation has opened a new two-storey, high-spec ‘incubator site’ for small tech start-ups that require ultrafast internet access. BT’s NI Networks division installed a multiple-occupancy Fibre to the Premises connection during the construction phase and is urging developers and architects to follow suit and ‘future proof’ buildings by planning for ultrafast broadband.

9th February 2018: BT’s NI Networks division has installed Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) broadband in a new multiple-occupancy office development in Lisburn, offering up to 24 businesses access to internet services via an ultrafast fibre connection. 

Lisburn Enterprise Organisation (LEO) is a new two-storey, high-spec ‘incubator site’ for small tech start-ups that require ultrafast internet access, provided by FTTP – an end-to-end fibre optic connection direct from the telephone exchange which can potentially deliver broadband speeds of up to 1Gbps.

The LEO new office development on Enterprise Crescent was completed in December at a cost of £1.8 million.More than half the office space has already been secured by a mix of new and existing businesses, including IT companies and firms working in the creative industries.

Garret Kavanagh, Acting Managing Director of NI Networks said: “This is a significant milestone in the roll out of fibre technology in Northern Ireland. Whilst it is possible to ‘retro-fit’ existing buildings, this multiple-occupancy FTTP connection was made smoother and faster for everyone involved because the architect contacted our New Sites team at the planning stage.

“We are keen to future proof buildings and improve our digital infrastructure to provide the ultrafast broadband connectivity that today’s businesses require. We are encouraging developers and architects to contact our New Sites team at the earliest opportunity.”

Aisling Owens, CEO of Lisburn Enterprise Organisation said: “We want to see local businesses succeed and thrive. Being able to offer our licensees access to the best broadband technology and the speeds they demand is incredibly beneficial. We’re grateful to BT’s NI Networks division for enabling us to provide such a vital facility for the local business population and we look forward to welcoming many more businesses to avail of our services.”

Building Services Consultant Engineer Richard Gilpin from Williams & Shaw Ltd was the Lead Electrical Designer for the project who contacted the NI Networks team at an early planning stage.He said:“The best advice I can offer is to get in early and include the New Sites team at the drawing board phase.

“This allowed us to design and install a dedicated FTTP infrastructure during construction, making the whole process run more smoothly for all parties”.

Cirrus IT Systems were one of the first licensees to move in to the new Lisburn offices.Director, Martin McQuillan, said: “We are an IT company and so technology and good connectivity play an incredibly important part in our work.

“Having FTTP offers not only better speeds and options for us, as a business, but also offers a wider range of functionality and features for our clients. Essentially, it enables us to provide clients with a better service and therefore remain competitive in the marketplace

”It was great to be able to move in, contact our communications provider and get the internet service we needed.”

For more information, visit www.ournetwork.openreach.co.uk .

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For further information or enquiries about this news release please contact: Rosy Billingham, PR Manager for BT in Northern Ireland rosy.billingham@bt.com

Photograph caption: (From left to right) Aisling Owens, CEO of Lisburn Enterprise Organisation, and Garret Kavanagh, Acting MD of BT’s NI Networks division, with Martin McQuillan and Paul Kavanagh from Cirrus IT Systems and Building Services Consultant Engineer, Richard Gilpin.