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Digital Economy

Digital Derry

Digital Derry is a collaborative project - involving private, public and academic organisations – set up to support, promote and grow the digital content sector in Derry-Londonderry and the North-West.

Our aim is to create the ‘best place on the island to start and build a digital business’ through collaborative marketing efforts, events, training, education, lobbying and digital evangelism. The partners are collaborating on how incubation is delivered in the city through to the role digital content has to play in the City of Culture.

This project was initiated by the Londonderry Chamber of Commerce, Derry City Council and ILEX. It now comprises a large ‘Digital Action Team’ made up of representatives from private sector companies, the University of Ulster and NWRC and both local and regional support organisations.

The Digital Action Team has recently appointed a ‘Digital Champion’ to help deliver this project. For more information visit

The project is part funded by Derry City Council, ILEX and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) under the European Sustainable Competitiveness Programme for Northern Ireland.


Project Kelvin and Next Generation Broadband

One of the most switched on cities in the UK or Ireland, the 2010 completion of the £30 million Project Kelvin has created the fastest, high capacity city-to-city international telecommunications link from Derry~Londonderry with the east coast of the USA - a massive boost to local businesses competing in the international market. Thanks to a £5 million pound investment from City of Culture partners BT, Derry will be also the first city in Ireland to provide access to fibre-based broadband for all its citizens later this year.

Derry City Council and its partners aim to utilise the world-class telecommunications connectivity and research capability available to the NW region to significantly enhance the regions’ capacity to create and grow high value ‘Smart Economy’ enterprises.

 This will be achieved by delivering a fully integrated programme of bespoke, internationally focused, cross-border enterprise activities to target beneficiaries including; entrepreneurs, graduates, researchers and existing SMEs. For more information on the region’s telecommunications benefits visit click here.


Wireless City

Derry City Council provides the city’s Wireless City network allowing free Wi-Fi Internet access right across the city centre including the historic city core, Strand Road, Fountain, parts of the Bogside and Ebrington.

At present, essential maintenance and expansion works mean that users of the Wireless City Network may have noticed some disruption in the free Wireless City service provided by Council to allow the public to access the Internet using Wi-Fi . These works include:
  • Replacement of equipment
  • Relocation of equipment whilst the Guildhall refurbishment takes place
  • Extension of the Wireless City network to include Ebrington Barracks
  • New registration and user systems to comply with legal obligations
Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused. We are working to have the network in operation within the coming weeks. Once works are completed the network will be faster and cover a wider geographical area. See for more information.



Jointly initiated 20 years ago by Derry City and Donegal County Councils, ERNACT is the “European Regions Network for the Application of Communications Technology”. The numerous EU regions within ERNACT have been working together since 1990 to help decentralise the benefits of the Information Society to regions within the European Union.

The network is practical and project driven, and has a successful track record in assisting participating regions to participate in EU cross-border, interregional and transnational information society related programmes and community initiatives including INTERREG IIIB, IIIC and the Framework Programmes. See to learn more.

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