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4,000 IT jobs predicted in Derry

24 Feb 2012

IT candidates in the city of Derry, Northern Ireland, could be in luck after it was predicted that 4,000 IT jobs could be created there by 2020.

Sharon O’Connor, Derry City Council chief executive, predicted the raft of jobs would come about by way of past and continuing investment into technology in Derry.

This investment includes work done on internet connection infrastructure, with Derry being the first city anywhere in the UK to achieve 100 per cent fibre-optic broadband connectivity.

Ms O'Connor, commented: "The simple fact is that Derry has the fastest and most reliable connectivity options for organisations that depend on accelerated data transfer.

"Derry is primed to be the leading city in the UK and Ireland for ICT innovation and digital innovation for the next decade."

Derry's internet claim to fame came about as part of a £3.7 million project from BT, giving each home and business access to 40Mbps download speeds.