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The chief executive of Derry City Council has welcomed the city's status as one of the latest locations to benefit from government-funded ultra-fast broadband.

Writing in the Belfast Telegraph, Sharon O'Connor said the provision of next-generation broadband will be vital if the Northern Irish city is "to stay competitive and become a digital leader".

She explained that the additional funding, which was announced in chancellor George Osborne's Autumn Statement last week, will allow Derry to enhance its existing broadband network and support business growth.

"It will help us compete with the fastest in the world, bring new opportunities for growth and the development of high-tech industries, and transform public services," Ms O'Conner added.

Derry is one of 12 smaller cities that will share a £50 million funding pot for the rollout of ultra-fast broadband services, potentially making poor ADSL connections a thing of the past. Other locations confirmed by the government include Aberdeen, Cambridge, Derby and York.

A report published by Ofcom last month showed that Northern Ireland currently has the best internet download speeds of all the UK regions.

Posted by Craig Roberts