The rollout of full fibre broadband is underway across Wolverhampton which will ensure that future demands for faster internet speeds are met allowing for video on demand and the greater use of IOT devices. With faster broadband speeds, residents will be able to enjoy better internet for working from home, accessing and interacting with services, leisure, entertainment and ongoing improvements will soon revolutionise daily life through adoption of smart technologies.
To ensure residents get the benefit from Gigabit connections, this will involve an intense period of development on the network to pave the way for digital future. Residents affected will receive notice by post 7 days before. If you encounter any issues during the build, please contact CityFibre’s 24/7 helpline on 0800 083 6160.
#MeetTheChampions With Heather Clark, Wolverhampton City Council (mobileuk.org)
Find out more about Wolverhampton’s approach to prioritise digital connectivity and address digital exclusion from Heather Clark – Head of Digital Projects
The #MeetTheChampions video series showcases local council-supported digital strategies, proactively investing in enhancing connectivity to end digital poverty and create positive and tangible local impact.
Heather Clark for #MeetTheChampions - Wolverhampton City Council (dropbox.com)
Read the report from Mobile UK - Building Mobile Britain: The case for Local Authority Digital Champions advocating the importance of Digital Champions to coordinate local authorities’ digital strategies and develop relationships with the industry to help in the deployment of mobile networks.
Residents interested in full fibre broadband can express an interest by speaking to providers including:
Full Fibre rollout allows for the futureproofing of our digital infrastructure, which is transforming the delivery of services. The benefits of full fibre include gigabit connectivity, with download speeds of up to 1,000 mbps, this allows you to download a 5GB file in up to 40 seconds. Using fibre optic cables makes broadband more reliable is in adverse weather conditions. Broadband packages are cost effective and competitive too. You may be eligible for a social tariff so check with your service provider.
Readying Wolverhampton for a 5G connected future - Wolverhampton have developed a digital toolkit to provide information, resources and guidance for businesses, local enterprise, telecoms providers, residents, builders and developers.
West Midlands Combined Authority secured DCMS funding for an Urban Connected Communities 5G programme to support the rollout of 5G infrastructure. The City of Wolverhampton council worked closely with WM5G to remove barriers to the rollout by providing access to their assets, facilitating Mobile Network Operators to upgrade existing masts to enable coverage and invest in new 5G infrastructure including small cell technology for capacity to facilitate the rollout. The council has demonstrated the potential for 5G through testbeds and application accelerators that develop new applications and services using 5G to demonstrate the financial case for investment, contribution to innovation and growth and service efficiencies. Finally, the council has explored innovative uses of 5G in the delivery of services working with partners.
As part of the process the council worked with various industry stakeholders to produce a standard set of rental agreements for use of public assets. The council recognised that rental agreement negotiations are very time consuming and could be costly for both parties. In order to significantly reduce this time and therefore encourage roll outs they have standardised the process as much as is possible. This includes a standard small cell agreement, the draft document can be used by legal representatives of mobile network operators and their site providers throughout the UK. This can be found here:
The use of these documents is voluntary. They can be adapted and are intended to provide a recognised neutral starting point for discussions, promoting common understandings of key issues for discussion.
The City of Wolverhampton is proactively supporting the rollout of full fibre broadband.
The City of Wolverhampton is proactively supporting the rollout of 5G, with support from WM5G, in recognition of the benefits it can bring to our City. Our approach includes standardising processes and agreements in line with the Electronic Communication Code, encouraging pre-engagement discussions with our Planning team on the siting of masts and providing access to our assets to facilitate the rollout.
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