BT premier partner for Culture

BT has been announced as the first commercial partner to support Derry’s City of Culture year in 2013.

As part of the five year, multi-million pound partnership, BT has committed to further invest in the Derry telecommunications network to spread fibre-based broadband throughout the city by Autumn 2011, accelerating its regeneration plans in readiness for 2013.

This latest investment by BT will mean that Derry will become the first city across the island of Ireland to have fibre deployed to 100% of the city’s street cabinets through fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) technology, offering access to faster broadband speeds.

Under the terms of the agreement, the fibre deployment across the city will cover approximately 21,000 households and 6,000 businesses.

Declan McGonagle, Interim Chairperson of Culture Company 2013, says: “This city partnership will help us create more opportunities for communities to connect through digital technology and deliver on our bid promise to make culture accessible through the digital realm. A creative and connected digital city is one of the strategic principles for transforming the city and region.”

Graham Sutherland, CEO BT Northern Ireland, adds: “We are delighted to support Derry~Londonderry UK City of Culture 2013. The next three years will be an exciting time, not just for the North-West, but also for everyone in Northern Ireland and we’re thrilled to be a part of it.

“Helping Derry~Londonderry achieve its digital communication strategy is very much aligned to BT’s strategy to encourage the adoption of technology to transform the lives and livelihoods of individuals and businesses across Northern Ireland. We’re very excited to work with the City of Culture team, ILEX, Derry City Council and all those involved with the programme to ensure that our ambitious plans for the North-West are achieved and will leave a lasting legacy.”