Work to provide future-proof Gigabit connectivity in Wolverhampton will begin In March as part of a £4.9m agreement between CityFibre and the City of Wolverhampton Council.
CityFibre, the UK’s third national digital infrastructure platform, has been awarded a 20-year contract by the City of Wolverhampton Council to provide a full fibre network solution that connects the Council’s public sector estate, including schools, libraries, and offices in the city. The project is being made possible through the DCMS Local Full Fibre Network (LFFN) Challenge Fund, which provides local bodies with an opportunity to develop gigabit-capable connectivity to boost local economies. CityFibre will design, build, operate and own the network, providing Wolverhampton with future-proof full fibre connectivity that will underpin the city’s next phase of technological transformation.
Taking in 170 sites, the new network will help to upgrade the delivery of frontline public sector services, lowering operational costs and boosting productivity. It will also help meet the growing demand from residents for digital services, support the improvement of educational resources, and bridge the digital divide. It’s also anticipated that the project will support the delivery of IoT initiatives such as urban traffic control, which will help to reduce emissions across the city. Local organisations such as The Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership will also stand to benefit from members gaining access to world class connectivity.
Work will begin in March 2020 and will be delivered on CityFibre’s behalf by experienced local telecoms infrastructure partner, Comex 2000. The construction company will use modern build techniques to deploy the network quickly, while working closely with CityFibre, the City of Wolverhampton Council, and local communities to manage disruption and ensure a fast and successful rollout.
Rob Hamlin, Chief Commercial Officer at CityFibre said: “We are delighted the City of Wolverhampton Council has decided to work with CityFibre on delivering this much-needed upgrade to critical public sector infrastructure. Increasingly local authorities around the country are realising the potential of full fibre to transform places like Wolverhampton into modern, fully connected, digital cities. By choosing a full fibre network, local authorities will be able future proof vital public sector infrastructure for generations to come.”
Cabinet Member for Resources, Councillor Louise Miles, said: “Wolverhampton’s Vision for Education 2030 Commercial and Digital Transformation theme supports the development of digitally innovative and future-proofed learning environments and curriculums that ensure that our learners leave school as some of the most technologically capable young people in the country.
“Better connectivity in public buildings is essential to ensure residents are digitally included.
“Our libraries are committed to giving people access to new and emerging digital technology through the provision of computers, free WiFi and other digital technologies and developing digital skills.”