Thirteen UK cities picked to receive up to £95m for full-fibre rollouts

Written by Sam Trendall on 14 March 2018 in News
News

Government unveils first recipients of Local Full Fibre Network funding 

Credit: Carsten Rehder/DPA/PA Images

The government has picked 13 cities and regions as the recipients of up £94.5m in funding for projects to aid the rollout of full-fibre broadband.

Some of the projects will involve the “strategic repurposing of existing infrastructure” so as enable the deployment of full-fibre networks “at a fraction of what it would otherwise cost”, the government said. Other schemes will see NHS organisations become “anchor tenants” of fibre hubs, to which nearby homes and businesses will be able to connect. Some projects will prioritise the upgrade of “schools, libraries, and emergency-response buildings” to full-fibre connections.

The government claims that just 3% of buildings in the UK benefit from “gigabit-capable full-fibre infrastructure”. To help ramp up this number, last year the government established the Local Full Fibre Network (LFFN) initiative, which has a funding pot of £190m to invest in local projects that enable or promote the rollout of fibre-to-the-premises technology.


Related content


Some 13 cities, towns, and regions have now been selected to receive as much as half of that money. Each of the chosen areas, who were announced yesterday as part of chancellor Philip Hammond’s Spring Statement, has bid for a specified slice of the funding, and the government will now decide if it is given the full amount.

The winning bidders and their requested amounts are:

  • Armagh City, Banbridge, and Craigavon – £2.4m
  • Belfast – £11.5m
  • Blackpool – £3m
  • Cambridgeshire – £4m
  • Cardiff – £6m
  • Coventry, Solihull, and Warwick – £5.7m
  • Highlands – £4.5m
  • London – £8.5m
  • Manchester – £23.8m
  • Mid Sussex – £2.2m
  • North Yorkshire – £15.1m
  • Portsmouth – £3.9m
  • Wolverhampton – £4.9m

The projects planned by the 13 cities will now go through a period of due diligence. The ultimate aim is to deliver full-fibre technology to the areas by the end of the 2021 fiscal year.

Applications for the second tranche of LFFN funding will open this summer.

“With the need for faster connectivity expected to dramatically increase over the coming years, the LFFN programme aims to leverage local and commercial investment in full fibre across the whole of the UK landscape,” the government said. “It will do this through funding a series of projects that seek to stimulate the market by making the deployment of gigabit-capable full-fibre infrastructure more commercially viable.”

 

About the author

Sam Trendall is editor of PublicTechnology

Share this page

Tags

Categories

CONTRIBUTIONS FROM READERS

Please login to post a comment or register for a free account.

Related Articles

AI will save lives of 22,000 cancer patients a year, prime minister announces
21 May 2018

Theresa May uses speech in Macclesfield to announce plans to work with technology sector and NHS to improve diagnoses

The library where councils can borrow the building blocks of a ‘Lego’ government
18 May 2018

A number of large local authorities have already signed up to a new library for sharing service-design templates. PublicTechnology finds out more

Voice activation, service transformation, and deliberately delayed mortgages – six things we learned at Sprint 18
11 May 2018

The relaunched annual GDS event shone a light on the government’s key digital-transformation strategies and initiatives for the coming months and years. PublicTechnology went along to...

MHCLG digital chief: ‘I want us to be proud plumbers’
24 May 2018

Paul Maltby claims councils must first renew ageing infrastructure before realising the benefits of machine learning and automation 

Related Sponsored Articles

Building trust in the digital age
15 May 2018

BT argues that the digital age requires a certain level of trust in technology. But how can we establish this and still make the most of digital transformation?

GDPR compliance as a detox exercise
8 May 2018

BT's Mike Pannell argues that organisations should get rid of data they no longer need