This workstream will facilitate the rollout of 4G/5G across the region addressing both mobile coverage and capacity issues. We are working collaboratively with other City Deal Projects and Programmes to create 5G centres of excellence for key sectors such as health and wellbeing, creative industries, R&D to realise the benefits of 5G, fully exploit the use of IoT and adopt emerging technology.

Shared Rural Network

The shared infrastructure being deployed through this UK Government and industry led Programme is critical to reducing both partial and total not spots in some of the worst served areas of our region.

We are working closely with communities that will benefit from the programme to ensure they realise the opportunities this will bring to their area, the time sensitive nature of the programme and listening to any concerns they may have.

Our Next Generation Infrastructure Managers are liaising with mobile network operators (MNOs), their agents, UK Government and internal Local Authority departments to facilitate each build. You can find out more information on the Shared Rural Network website, alternatively our teams can answer any questions you may have.

Digital Connectivity Accelerator - Public sector assets

We are keen to work with MNOs and Neutral hosts to address any mobile capacity issues identified in the region. We are working with our Local Authority partners to develop a streamlined acquisition process for the use of public sector assets to deploy mobile infrastructure.

Digital Innovation Network

We’re deploying 240+ LoRaWAN gateways across the region which will enable both the private and public sector to trial the use of Internet of Things technology (IoT). We are planning a launch event for the Digital Innovation Network towards the end of the year, if you’d like to attend, please email us and we’ll add you to our invitation list.

5G Centres of Excellence

We’re working with partner projects and programmes to establish 5G centres of excellence targeting economically significant key sectors. A number of opportunities are being explored, including:

If you’d like to know more about any of these exciting projects, please get in touch.

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