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Belfast to use super-connected city money to create Gigabit network
Thursday 05 April 2012 09:17:19 by Andrew Ferguson

The recent Budget set out the range of money available to ten large cities across the UK so that they can be turned into super-connected cities, with the grandiose dream of competing with the best in the Far East. To date most plans announced have centered around speeds of 80 to 100 Mbps, which is well behind that of South Korea.

If the Belfast Telegraph is right (we could find no further information on the Belfast City website), then the city council is looking at using the £6m to £13.7 million fund to provide 1 Gbps services in the city.

"There is a digital divide (in this city). This application is unprecedented. The plan put forward would transform that — there would be no one on the margins.They would have broadband access to some of the fastest broadband in Europe.

This is a red letter day for the council. We did have a massive welcome for the investment package but this is the icing on the cake. Belfast was the greatest shipbuilding city — we could become the best connected city."

Sinn Fein’s Mairtin O Muilleoir


Posted by cyberdoyle over 5 years ago
w00t, go Belfast! You can't beat fibre. Use peering too, don't go through the choke points. Get yourself some dark fibre.
Posted by Dannyboyni over 5 years ago
Sigh. I live in the city centre, right beside St Anns cathedral. I live in apartments, and the cabinet right outside wont be done by BT for FTTC. (yes I have checked the database) I see little hope of me getting any of this fibre.
Posted by herdwick over 5 years ago
I foresee a Gigabit public sector ring around the city, with no end user connections and the poison chalice of open access.

Either that or FTTH to 12.5% of the population of 267500.
Posted by themanstan over 5 years ago
Business services only methinks...
Posted by Somerset over 5 years ago
Council say: 'We will work with government to ensure that this funding is used to driving growth with a particular focus on small and medium-sized enterprises.'
Posted by GeorgeLloyd over 5 years ago
Great for Belfast and the other cities but what about those outside of cities who struggle to get any sort of broadband. Cities in general are already well provided but smaller businesses outside cities have to try to compete with much slower speeds.
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