Hopes high-speed broadband can lead to 500 jobs for town
AN IRISH town hopes to create 500 new jobs within five years thanks to a high-speed digital hub test project which offers the fastest broadband in the country.
Communications Minister Alex White unveiled the new Ludgate digital hub in Skibbereen in west Cork.
It will become operational in November and will offer 75 special workspaces with the aim of delivering IT-related jobs.
It is the first ultra-high speed digital hub to be set up in a rural area and the aim is to kick-start small to medium-scale job creation by offering regional businesses IT links on a par with major European cities.
Central to the project will be supporting existing Irish businesses to expand.
The test project is backed by Vodafone, Glen Dimplex, and the Discovery Channel through a special steering group.
Mr White said the project offered "very exciting potential".