BT investing in Northern Ireland
BT plays a significant role in both the economic and social life of Northern Ireland, delivering innovative and exciting communications for everyone.
We enable our customers to communicate anywhere, anytime, using whatever device they choose.
Our networks, products and services are changing the way we live – at home, at work, in health, education, government and the community.
BT’s investment in broadband infrastructure has been key to connecting Northern Ireland internally and with the rest of the world. More than 85% of premises in Northern Ireland now have access to high-speed fibre broadband. Networks Northern Ireland continues working to expand coverage even further and recently announced a £20 million investment in a major expansion of ultrafast broadband to towns across the region.
BT is the UK’s third largest investor in R&D, spending some £5 million annually. Our R&D Centre in Belfast employs around 240 people and is a key technology hub for BT Group worldwide, designing and developing many innovations across BT TV, BT Sport, broadband and mobile. We further invested in that capability in 2017 by opening a new multi-million pound Innovation Centre in Belfast. The Innovation Centre will play a crucial role in global research and development capability, focusing on advanced research into the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics for customer experience, cyber security and 5G communications.
We’re committed to being a responsible company. Our corporate responsibility programme in Northern Ireland focuses on using our technology to support STEM education and digital skills, to fight digital exclusion and to protect the environment.
BT is committed to having a positive impact on communities living and working in Northern Ireland. We will continues to invest in high-speed innovation, networks, services and jobs to shape a better, brighter future for generations to come.
On these pages we outline some of the main aspects of our work in Northern Ireland.