Super-Fast Broadband Comes To Omagh

Northern Ireland is developing in many ways with increased inward investment from multinationals, the launch of the Titanic centre and the planned development of major sports stadia.

Belfast has attracted a number of international inward investment companies in recent years providing hundreds of finance, technology, legal, media and banking jobs.

The creative industries such as film and television production are growing and have attracted high profile projects from Universal Pictures and HBO’s Game of Thrones series.

The road infrastructure is due to receive significant investment with over £300 million waiting to be spent on extending the motorway to the West.

Further major investment, albeit less visible, has already been made in the telecoms and broadband infrastructure across the region.

As a result, Northern Ireland is a leading region within Europe for access to broadband and has ‘one of the fastest connections’ between Europe and the United States.

This means, according to the experts, that Northern Ireland is one of the best-connected regions in the world in relation to broadband infrastructure, speed and capacity.

The benefits of such broadband mean indigenous and inward investment companies based here can partner at the highest level with major companies around the world.

Such super-fast broadband speed provides a particular source of competitive advantage when competing for major financial, banking and investment firms.

To-date, the majority of companies attracted by such infrastructure are located in Belfast, which was recently allocated millions of pounds in funding to become one of the UK’s ‘Super-Connected Cities’ by 2015.

But, believe it or not, the same broadband infrastructure, speed and capacity is already available in Omagh.

Following a major project between Omagh Enterprise Company and Hibernian Atlantic’s Project Kelvin, broadband speeds of 10Mbps to 10Gbps plus are now available.

This means any company can now locate in the enterprise centre and access the same level of ultra-fast broadband connectivity available in Belfast or any major capital city around the world.

SO, as the improvement of our roads infrastructure continues to play a vital role in the development of the economy the availability of super-fast broadband can play an equal role in the creation of jobs.

What do you think? Do you need super-fast broadband? Get in touch, we would love to hear your views contact Nick on 028 8224 9494 or via Twitter @nick_oec.