The Liverpool city region has agreed to co-fund a £30 million fibre rollout to provide a full-fibre network making it the most digitally-connected area of the UK.
The gigabit-capable network is planned to position the region at “the head of the next digital revolution” enabling a range of smart city technologies to be deployed
The LCR Digital Infrastructure Project is a joint venture half-owned by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority in partnership with North West-based ITS Technology Group, who will lead the project, working alongside construction partner NGE, who are managing the build and roll out of the network.
The authority quotes estimates that with 100% full fibre coverage across the City Region, building on this network, the economic boost could be worth up to £1 billion, “creating thousands of local job and training opportunities”.
Digital infrastructure will be installed in carriageways, footpaths and cycle ways across the city region which planners say will minimise the impact on road and public transport users wherever possible.
(Graphic – Liverpool City Region Combined Authority)