West Berkshire 4G and 5G Network Improvement
West Berkshire Council becomes a part of a new project that aims to improve 4G and 5G networks throughout the county.
13:07 21 February 2022
West Berkshire Council is officially part of the Digital Connectivity Infrastructure Accelerator (DCIA) scheme that aims to improve 4G and 5G network throughout the country.
Under the scheme, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport will provide financial assistance to local authorities so they can deploy advanced wireless networks.
Six Berkshire local authorities and the Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership will receive £500,000 funding for the project.
Councillor Howard Woollaston (Con, Lambourn), West Berkshire Council's executive member for internal governance, leisure and culture said: “This is an important project which will help West Berkshire to benefit from first class technology.
“We live in an increasingly connected world and this is more important than ever with home working here to stay, and streaming, smart devices and similar having a greater impact on how we live our lives.
“This project will deliver better 4G and 5G connectivity, improve digital infrastructure across the area and help to ensure we remain an attractive place for businesses.”
Chief executive of Bracknell Forest Council and DIG sponsor Timothy Wheadon said: “Residents will benefit from greater connectivity, in and out of their homes.
"Businesses will no longer be constrained because of the technology available.
"This will help us encourage growth, investment and development across all six local authorities and help make the region a connected Berkshire."