We boast one of the fastest growing digital sectors, supported by our incredibly fast and reliable infrastructure. Our gigabit per second download speed puts Hull at the top of the UK rankings and amongst the fastest in the world. Our local telecoms company KCOM has invested millions to put the city ahead of its competitors, delivering a full fibre to the premises roll out to across the entire city. This infrastructure has been further strengthened by the installation of the city-wide long range wide area network (LoRaWan) by Connexin to support business connectivity and internet of things devices. The City also has a 5G network.
Hull is the most cost-effective places to run a tech company and currently there are around 7,000 people are employed in the sector with an average turnover by employee of £133,000.
As a Smart City, we are working in partnership with Microsoft, Connexin and Cisco to develop a smart city platform and data lake.
The tech incubator C4Di helps technology businesses develop and traditional business innovate. Blue chip companies such as PWC, Reckitt and Siemens Gamesa have all developed tech solutions working with the centre, which is the largest facility of its kind in the country.
The Ron Dearing UTC, rated as outstanding by Ofsted, specialises in teaching 14–18-year-olds digital technology and provides a talent pipeline for employers and the university.
The University of Hull plays a leading role nationally in the sector, the Viper supercomputer is the highest rated High-Performance Computing (HPC) centre in the North of England and has been used in global Covid 19 research. The Hull Immersive Visualization Environment (HIVE) provides researchers and industrial clients with advanced technologies such as a virtual reality immersive cube, VR theatre and gigapixel wall facilities.