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