Derry business complex has digital cutting edge

Launching the 1GB high speed fibre optic broadband at Skeoge Business Park are Mark Durkan MP, John McGowan, left, North West Marketing chief executive, and Des Gartland, Invest Northern Ireland north west office manager. (1101PG01)
Launching the 1GB high speed fibre optic broadband at Skeoge Business Park are Mark Durkan MP, John McGowan, left, North West Marketing chief executive, and Des Gartland, Invest Northern Ireland north west office manager. (1101PG01)
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A Derry business complex has become one of the Ireland’s digital frontrunners in terms of broadband speed.

The North West Business Complex (NWBC) at Skeoge now has one of the fastest broadband connections on the island. The company is the first local business to connect to the fibre optic broadband connection provided by Project Kelvin which is run by US teleommunications giant Hibernia Atlantic.

With a one gigabyte connection, the NWBC now has the facilities to connect local businesses and enterprises to the shortest and fastest routes to the world’s internet exchanges.

The move promises to provide great opportunities for North West companies in terms of selling goods and services overseas while also improving knowledge based inward investment.

Des Gartland of Invest Northern Ireland said that the NWBC installation “will further enhance this provision, providing knowledge based businesses with the means to move large volumes of data at speed, a key requirement for the growing Business Services sectors”.

John McGowan Chief Executive, North West Marketing, said the move puts the complex at “the forefront of faster, more resilient connectivity in Ireland”. “It will allow North West Business Complex to better target those clients for whom connectivity is paramount,” he added.

Foyle MP Mark Durkan said that securing the link was “a great achievement” for the NWBC and a great opportunity for local businesses. He added: “Local – and not so local – businesses who do not already know should check out what this new link can offer them to enhance what they already offer their customers and their potential markets.”