Digital Connectivity Boost for South West Wales
A £55m Digital Infrastructure Project launched to accelerate Swansea's economic recovery from Covid-19.
09:51 12 October 2020
Swansea Bay City Region's digital connectivity scheme has received a multi-million-pound boost to help accelerate its economic recovery from Covid-19.
The £55million Digital Infrastructure project, which is part-funded by the Swansea Bay City Deal, aims to bring fast and reliable broadband service in all parts of the City Region, which also includes Neath Port Talbot, Swansea and Pembrokeshire.
The project, which is expected to be approved by Neath Port Talbot, Carmarthenshire County and Swansea Councils shortly, will be submitted to the UK and Welsh Governments for final sign-off.
Clr. Emlyn Dole, Carmarthenshire County Council Leader, said: “The importance of high-quality digital infrastructure can’t be overstated, with its profile and relevance having been further heightened during the on-going Covid-19 emergency.
“High-quality digital infrastructure throughout South West Wales will give regional businesses the digital foundations they need to thrive, while also attracting inward investment and well-paid jobs.
“Residents will also benefit from this project, with its rural element aimed at providing far better broadband services to underserved communities.
“Digital connectivity now underpins and supports most elements of our economy – from healthcare and manufacturing to energy and the creative industries. This project will stimulate local businesses and innovative start-ups, while enhancing public service delivery at lower costs.
“Research shows the quality of digital connectivity in many parts of Wales is lagging behind the rest of the UK, so the Digital Infrastructure project will help close that gap while future-proofing our economy for decades to come.
“A huge amount of work has taken place behind the scenes on the project’s business case for many months, so it’s very satisfying that we’re now at a stage where we’re seeking regional local authority approvals prior to the project’s consideration at the City Deal’s Joint Committee.”