The £55 million Digital Infrastructure programme will benefit residents and businesses in all parts of the Swansea Bay City Region, which includes Carmarthenshire, Neath Port Talbot, Pembrokeshire and Swansea. The programme is estimated to be worth £318 million to the regional economy in the next 15 years.
Led by Carmarthenshire County Council, the Digital Infrastructure programme will:
- Ensure the region’s cities, towns and business parks have competitive access to full-fibre connectivity
- Pave the way for the region to benefit from 5G and internet of things innovation, which includes smart homes, smart manufacturing, smart agriculture and virtual reality, as well as wearable technology that will support healthcare, assisted living and other sectors
- Focus on improving access to broadband in the region’s rural communities, while stimulating the market to create competition between digital providers for the benefit of consumers
Inward investment of £30 million is estimated throughout the five-year delivery phase of the programme.
Status: Business case approved by the Swansea Bay City Deal’s Joint Committee. Business case submitted to the UK Government and Welsh Government for final approval.