Derby City Council has signed a £1.2m deal with Virgin Media Business to provide superfast broadband connections at five digital hubs to help up-and-coming businesses get online and grow.
The council said the deal would bring faster connections to 150 firms in the city, as part of its Connect Derby Scheme. This is a £14.2m project designed to make the city a more enticing place for digital firms to set up shop.
The Virgin Media Business network will offer speeds as high as 2Gbps and be bundled within the £200-a-month rent offered from the five hubs.
These hubs are: Friar Studios, Kings Chambers, Sadler Bridge Studios - which are already open - and Riverside Chambers and Shot Tower, set to come online soon.
The council said that offering high-speed internet connections would enable firms at the hubs to reap the benefits of services such as HD video, file transfers and cloud tools, which are key to the successful development of any firm with big ambitions.
Councillor Martin Rawson, deputy leader of Derby City Council and cabinet member for planning, environment and regeneration, said the deal was a key part of the council's efforts to bring growth to the city.
"Connect is set to generate jobs across the city and will also provide existing SMEs with a wider skill set to employ, which is a very positive move for the city as a whole," he said.
Moves to boost fibre availability are taking place across the UK, with over a million homes and businesses now able to access fibre broadband thanks to government funded rollouts in remote parts of the nation.
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