This week, on 15 January 2018, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority announced the appointment of a specialist consortium to deliver an action plan detailing how to achieve Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram’s pledge to make the city region the most digitally connected in the UK.
The Digital Infrastructure Plan will map the city region’s existing infrastructure assets, identify opportunities to best use those assets and suggest potential operating models for the city region’s digital infrastructure. The plan will also set out specific actions to maximise the city region’s digital connectivity and drive economic growth.
The project will be managed by the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) on behalf of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.
techUK’s Digital Devolution: A Guide for Metro Mayors set’s out a number of recommendations for the new metro mayors to engender change and build capacity across the eco-system of the place to create a truly digital city region. A key part of this is having in place the right digital connectivity and infrastructure in place to maximising regional growth, rebalancing the economy and driving public service reform.
To realsie the successful deployment of denser fibre and mobile 5G communications will require a shared understanding and close collaboration between local authorities and industry to a degree much higher than ever before. As such, techUK has undertaken work and delivered a number of sessions to bring together local authorities and industry how best to utilise and deploy infrastructure. The sessions were a welcome opportunity to bring together key stakeholder in one room to have a genuine two-way conversations on the key challenges and opportunities in deployment, and is a key area of focus for us in 2018. If you would like to learn more about this or get involved please get in contact with either Georgina Maratheftis or Skye MacLeod.