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Cllr Mac Shane welcomes Ballintoy Broadband trial

13 January, 2009

Sinn Féin's Councillor Cara Mc Shane has welcomed news that the Department of Enterprise Trade and Investment has awarded Avanti Communications a funding package to undertake 3G mobile broadband trials in the Ballintoy area of North Antrim.

Cllr McShane said,

"The issue of accessibility to broadband in rural areas is an issue I have been lobbying on since coming into the Council. I have met with representatives from DETI on several occasions, and recently along with the Economic Development Officer for Moyle District Council, Margaret Craig.

"While at this stage this is only a trial it is still good news for Ballintoy and will benefit business and in particular our community's growing tourism industry.

"The local community group in the area has been vocal on the issue and it is heartening to see that a small community like Ballintoy can be effective and have it's voice heard. Access to broadband in rural areas is of vital importance on many levels and this news is to be welcomed.

"I will endeavour to work along with Avanti Communications to ensure that the community is aware of developments at all stages of this project."ENDS

DETI have agreed a funding package with Avanti Communications Group plc to undertake a 3G mobile broadband trial in Ballintoy - this trial will use existing satellite infrastructure to examine the opportunities to deliver a range of high speed broadband services. Avanti has also undertaken to examine the opportunities post-trial for delivery of a commercial service. A full press release is expected to be released by the DETI Minister tomorrow afternoon.

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