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Enterprise minister Arlene Foster has reiterated her commitment to improving broadband speeds in Northern Ireland in a bid to encourage economic growth across the country and make life easier for rural communities.

Speaking to the assembly on telecoms and broadband services, Ms Foster pointed out that as someone who lived in the countryside she is extremely aware of the frustrations caused by poor ADSL connections.

She added that some £45 million has been spent on telecoms projects over the last few years, making Northern Ireland one of the leading places on Europe for fast broadband, reports the Belfast Telegraph.

"I want to ensure that a basic broadband service of two megabits per second is available to everyone and to further improve the availability of superfast services," the minister declared.

The executive will also be investigating how it can improve 4G services across the country, concluded Ms Foster.

Michelle O'Neill, the minister for agriculture and rural development in Northern Ireland, recently stressed the role broadband plays in business growth.

Posted by Mark Wynn