The new communications system, known as the 21st Century Network, will power all of BT's telephone, broadband and ISDN services. The company is spending £10bn on the project in the UK and Europe, with £260m of that invested in NI.
As part of the upgrade, NI's 160 local telephone exchanges will converge in three major hubs. Two will be in Belfast and one in Portadown, County Armagh. BT Managing Director Alastair Hamilton said the new network would have important benefits for businesses and help to attract more inward investors who demand high speed communications.
Well, I hope they upgrade my exchange while they're at it!