Derry to get ultra fast broadband

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Derry is in line to get ultra fast broadband.

British Chancellor George Osbourne yesterday announced that Derry is one of 12 cities who will soon benefit from speeds of up to 80Mbps as he funds the expansion of the ultra fast broadband netwrok.

“The twelve cities have produced ambitious and comprehensive plans, which will turn them into digital leaders and give local economies a real boost,” said UK Culture Secretary Maria Miller.

“The new investment will help put these cities at the centre of the digital stage, competing for jobs and investment and supporting Britain in the global race.”

Derry’s Mayor Kevin Campbell said the city is set to become a world class digital city . He saids Derry is in a strong position to attract investment and enhance its current digital offering.

“We are delighted that Derry City Council’s bid has been successful. We are confident that we will now be able to support the development of ultrafast broadband networks within a number of key economic development zones across the City (Digital Zones) and put in place the infrastructure required to provide fibre to the premises (FTTP) to make them capable of supporting ultrafast services at affordable prices.”

Sharon O’Connor, Derry City Council Town Clerk and Chief Executive paid tribute to everyone involved in the bid process saying she was confident this announcement would allow the Council to extend its existing wireless city network to cover other parts of the city and enhance existing network capacity to meet future demands.

She said Council also intended to look at ways to help small to medium enterprises to assist with the connection costs.

The 12 cities will share funding of £50million.