Swansea Bay City £55m Digital Connectivity Project
Swansea Bay City approves £55m investment in digital connectivity.
21:26 11 December 2020
Leaders of Swansea Bay City Region have approved a £55million investment in digital connectivity allowing quality digital services to be delivered over wireless or fixed-line networks. £20million will be used to improve connectivity in the region's main urban areas and development zone while the rest of the funding will be spent improving internet access for rural homes and businesses.
The scheme is hoped to accelerate innovation in the healthcare and education sectors as well as help in creating more opportunities and higher productivity in the business sector.
Meanwhile, the Welsh and UK Governments are expected to finalise and approve digital infrastructure plans for Neath Port Talbot, Swansea, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire.
Programme manager Gareth Jones has discussed the project at a meeting of the Swansea Bay City Region Joint Committee comprising of local public and private sector representatives. He emphasised that the key to the success of the scheme is identifying and maximising the uses for that connectivity.
He said: "Infrastructure is great but infrastructure on its own is completely uselee. It's what you do with that infrastructure and that connectivity.