5G Plans for Sunderland City Council
Sunderland may become the first ‘neutral local authority host’ for 5G connectivity and fibre in the UK.
12:39 13 March 2020
On March 3, the Sunderland City Council lays out its ambitious 5G plans as it aims to become the first neutral local authority host for 5G connectivity and fibre in the United Kingdom.
The local authority, which is the first UK city to deploy 5G-ready WiFi in its city centre, has partnered with Bevan Brittan, who will advise on the make-up and procurement of a consortium that will lead the city in delivering superior 5G connectivity across the region. Together, they will commence a procurement process for a strategic delivery partner. The law firm will work on advising in terms of legalities and ensuring negotiations and evaluations are conducted appropriately.
Richard Lane, a partner at Bevan Brittan, said: "[5G] holds the potential to bring huge benefits to the people and city of Sunderland, providing ultrafast connectivity, enabling smart city technologies and benefiting businesses."
Chief executive at Sunderland City Council, Patrick Melia, added: "The continuing rollout of our ultrafast 5G network will augment Sunderland’s position as a global digital force and enhance opportunities for all across our smart city."