With one of the UK’s fastest-growing digital sectors outside of London, Hull is a vital player in the UK’s position as digital capital of Europe.
The city has been named as the UK’s best for full-fibre broadband coverage, while it also aims to become one of the country’s leading smart cities.
Fast and reliable digital connectivity is vital if a city wants to attract global businesses – and Hull’s firms are well aware of the advantage they hold.
Significant investment is taking place in local infrastructure, with the city named as the UK’s best for full-fibre broadband coverage as it drives full-fibre take-up across the UK.
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Businesses are benefitting hugely from this unique position, with full-fibre from telecoms provider KCOM already available to more than half of the city’s firms. And the city can expect further accelerated digital growth, increased inward investment and greater economic development, according to fibre network infrastructure firm CityFibre, which awarded Gigabit City status to Hull in 2017.
With more than 7,000 digital jobs and more than £402 million GVA from the digital sector, Hull’s digital potential is now being reached.
The £11 million C4DI digital hub was launched in 2015 to provide community working space, tech incubation and corporate innovation for startups – with successful businesses and micro-companies already growing from the facility to join established businesses such as Trident, Summit and the ESP Group in the city’s digital community.
Dozens of new high-tech jobs are to be created by The Hull Data Centre, the University of Hull’s multi-million pound venture. Built in partnership with KCOM, it has been designed to combat the lack of high-quality data centre provision in the region.
And the university has reported that its computer science graduate numbers have doubled in the past three years. It says its new on-site supercomputer, Viper, will enable the city to make a real mark in academic research.
The university's Hull Immersive Visualization Environment (HIVE) - part of the School of Engineering and Computer Science - provides researchers and industrial clients with advanced technologies such as a virtual reality immersive cube, VR theatre and gigapixel wall facilities, plus wearable devices available to our researchers.