LIVERPOOL firms are being offered free access to the fastest available broadband internet speeds in the world.
The city is one of the test-beds for the Government-backed FibreNet project which will offer connection speeds of 10Gbps (gigabits-per-second) – 100 times faster than what is currently available in the UK.
Liverpool’s £1m FibreNet scheme has now gone live, and project leader AIMES Grid Services is urging small firms and other organisations within the areas covered to sign up for the 12-month free pilot.
Using Liverpool City Council’s existing fibre network, AIMES has formed a ring around the city centre that links Liverpool Innovation Park with the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, the city’s universities, the central business district, the Baltic Triangle and the new enterprise zone covering Liverpool and Wirral Waters.
Over the past six months, AIMES has worked closely with the city council and 2020 Liverpool to set up the FibreNet infrastructure.
The initiative is sure to increase the city’s appeal to inward investors looking for world-class digital facilities.
Liverpool City Council’s cabinet member for regeneration and transport, Cllr Malcolm Kennedy, told LDP Business: “The Liverpool FibreNet project is part of our plans to support enterprise excellence, foster innovation and attract the brightest business minds. It’s a real coup for Liverpool to have been selected for this national scheme.”
FIRMS that want to join can contact AIMES on 0151 905 9700.