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BT completes Derry fibre broadband rollout

Tuesday, October 18th 2011 by Paul France
Derry fibre broadband rollout completed by BT

Almost 40,000 people in Derry can now access fibre optic broadband from BT.

BT has announced the completion of its major fibre optic broadband deployment programme in a Northern Irish city.

The telecoms giant revealed just under 40,000 people will be able to access the service in Derry, which has become the first city in the UK to have all of its street cabinets upgraded to offer super-fast connectivity.

Colm O'Neill, BT's chief executive in Northern Ireland, was quoted by BBC News as saying the rollout was conducted as part of Derry's 2013 UK City of Culture programme, of which BT is one of the main sponsors.

"The vast majority of homes and businesses can avail of this but there are some for technical reasons that may have difficulty," he explained.

Mr O'Neill added Derry now has access to faster speeds and better connectivity than Hong Kong, Tokyo, London and New York.

"That is an important message for the business community to understand," he added.

As well as deploying the super-fast broadband infrastructure, BT will work with Derry's City of Culture team to help close the digital gap that exists in the area by providing residents with all the necessary skills and tools to get online.

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