City is at digital cutting edge, says Council boss

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Derry is at the cutting edge of broadband technology and is “the prefect location” for investment, according to the city council’s chief executive.

Sharon O’Connor, Derry City Council’s CEO and Town Clerk, says the city’s communications infrastructure is way ahead of other locations and says Derry is now a leading digital city.

Her comments come in the wake of British Chancellor George Osborne’s announcement that 10 UK cities will share a £100million investment fund set up to help develop superfast broadband facilities.

Ms O’Connor says Derry is already leading the way in digital advancement, thanks to Project Kelvin and multimillion pound investment. An additional £77m has also been earmarked for investment in the local digital economy.

“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.” Ms O’Connor says.

“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.

“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,” Ms O’Connor says.