Liverpool City Region Digital Upgrade Project
A £30m investment will see the construction of a 212km full fibre gigabit-capable network infrastructure in Liverpool.
11:25 07 October 2021
Work to bring broadband speeds of more than 1,000mbps in Liverpool has begun.
Liverpool City Region has officially started its £30milion digital infrastructure project that will see the construction of a 212km full-fibre, gigabit-capable network infrastructure in the region.
Dubbed as LCR Connect, the project is a joint venture between construction company NGE and project lead ITS Technology Group. The infrastructure, which is hoped to help the region generate £1bn for the local economy, will initially be used to connect three transatlantic cables to the major economic clusters in each of the region's local authority areas.
LCR metro mayor Steve Rotheram said: “When I was first elected, I made it a priority to make our region the most digitally connected anywhere in the country. Today we take a major step towards that, with the official launch of LCR Connect.
“Our region was at the heart of the first industrial revolution, and this project can put us at the forefront of the fourth industrial revolution, creating thousands of jobs and ultimately generating £1bn for the local economy,” he continued.
“It will make us leaders in the industries of tomorrow and will help us attract talent and investment from around the world as others look to take advantage of our skills, infrastructure and expertise.”
He concluded: “As we have done so many times before, this is our region seizing the initiative, leading the way and crafting what I hope will be a lucrative and successful new future that everybody in our region can benefit from.”