Derry City Council says Derry-Londonderry is leading the way for digital speeds

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Derry City Council says that while 10 cities across the UK are to benefit from Government money to assist them to develop ultra-fast broadband and WiFi facilities, the city of Derry~Londonderry is promoting its offering as the only city in Ireland and the UK to offer one hundred per cent fibre optic broadband connectivity to homes and businesses.

Derry~Londonderry it is the only city in the UK to offer one hundred per cent fibre optic broadband connectivity to homes and businesses at speeds of up to 80Mbps this year.

Our pace of advancement is ahead of other cities across the UK and we’re getting our message out there that our city is the perfect location for investment and to do business.

‘Derry~Londonderry is leading the way for digital advancement’ according to Derry City Council Chiefs.

The claim follows the Budget Day announcement from the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, confirming a £100m investment fund to help 10 cities to develop ultra-fast broadband and WiFi facilities.

Derry-Londonderry is the UK and Ireland’s first ‘super-connected city’ as it secured 100% superfast fibre to the cabinet broadband connectivity.

Almost £80m has been invested to date on digital projects including some £30 million from BT and £16.5million from the Department of Enterprise Trade and Investment (DETI) to provide high-speed fibre broadband technology propelling Derry ahead of other cities. An additional £77m has also been earmarked for investment in the local digital economy.

Derry City Council Town Clerk and Chief Executive, Sharon O’Connor said the city is leading cities across the UK by developing superfast broadband connections.

“Derry~Londonderry has been showcasing its international connectivity and promoting the fact that it is the only city in Ireland and the UK to offer one hundred per cent availability of fibre optic broadband connectivity to homes and businesses at speeds up to 80Mbps this year.

“Our pace of advancement is ahead of other cities across the UK and we’re getting our message out there that our city is the perfect location for investment and to do business. We have a head start on other cities in that we have improved speed and greater capacity for them to carry out their business in a more efficient manner,” she said.
At the centre of the city’s international communications network is Project Kelvin, a €30m investment linking the city via a submarine cable to a 22 mile offshore cable at Hibernia North Atlantic.

Ms. O’Connor said the option to build and expand international operations while reducing costs is attractive to large businesses. “Our unique selling point to businesses is that we have the infrastructure and connectivity in place and if they invest now they will instantly have improved speed and greater connectivity.

“A tremendous amount of work has been done to make us a leading digital city and we are confident that we are in a strong and leading position to successfully showcase our model of best practice on how to makes things happen in terms of digital progression,” she added.

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