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1 Super Connected City Programme for Derry ~ Londonderry Linda Williams

2 Background Best Superfast Broadband Network in Europe 2011 (£100 Million) for the Urban Broadband Fund to create 10 super connected cities across the UK (larger cities) May 2012 (£50 Million) for a “second wave” of cities to benefit from this programme (smaller cities)

3 Introduction The Super Connected Cities Programme in Derry~Londonderry aims to support economic growth by providing high speed, high quality broadband – to be delivered by March 2015 COMPETITIVE Creating an internationally competitive city CREATIVE Support, promote & grow the digital content sector. Transform public services CARING Connecting citizens and promoting social inclusion CONNECTED Creating a world class digital infrastructure

4 Three Strands of Super Connected Derry Voucher schemeMetro Wireless Wi-Fi in public buildings What? Voucher system to make broadband more affordable to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) Improved access to Wi-Fi services - infrastructure to be built on Derry~Londonderry street furniture – such as benches and lampposts. The creation of Wi-Fi zones in public buildings. Why? To help SMEs get connected, or improve their current connection to broadband. To accelerate economic growth across Derry~Londonderry To increase digital engagement and energise cultural and economic activity. Where? Available to SMEs and social enterprises within the Derry City Council area. High footfall areas, such as the city centre, where demand for high capacity wireless access is greatest. Available to all public buildings in partnership with landlords.

5 About the Voucher Scheme Cover the connection charges of installing ultrafast broadband Voucher Value £250 - £3000 SME’s are primary focus of the scheme Small Office/ Home Worker and Commercial landlords with multiple SME’s Application will be online The Super Connected scheme aims to enable speeds from 30Mbps up to 1Gbps for eligible businesses.

6 Eligibility Eligibility criteria – Registered with Companies House – Reside within the relevant geographical area (postcode) – <249 employees – Turnover <EU50m – Balance sheet <EU43m – SME’s can redeem vouchers with any supplier registered for their city Scheme Launch- Mid March & ends in March 2015

7 Eligible Expenditure Vouchers can only be used for capital expenditure i.e. the connection itself No subsidy for monthly charges No cover for costs of equipment e.g. Routers or Firewall Technology Neutral – connection charges can be funded for wired, wireless, or other technology types provided they deliver a step change from what you have had before Contractual relationship is between the SME and service provider

8 What does ultrafast connectivity mean for your business? Market, sell and deliver products to a wide geographical area Aid extension into new markets Engage with customers and clients around the world and outside normal working hours Create media rich web content to advertise and promote your products Efficiently manage & co-ordinate suppliers in the production chain through real time logistics & collaboration Facilitate flexible working – reducing office overheads, travelling time & costs, assist work/ life balance Send & receive large amounts of data and information rapidly

9 Wireless City Concession Model Benefits Improved access to high speed mobile broadband Expand opportunities for development of apps and their usage Opportunity to improve digital literacy skills Promote online and local content

10 Public Wi-Fi Hotspots Benefits Promoting the use of underused spaces Use as a marketing tool for promoting the city Encouraging visitors to dwell in locations for longer Localised marketing content Greater interaction between citizens and local businesses

11 Demand Stimulation Voucher launch – Mid March City wide promotional campaign to promote uptake of the scheme Tailored and structured programme of one to one support to help small businesses to adopt and exploit ultrafast broadband Product development projects, cluster programmes, awareness raising workshops and networking events

12 If you are interested in finding out more contact: Business Opportunities Team Email: Tel: 028 7137 6506

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