Wolverhampton City Council has come to a £4.9 million agreement CityFibre for the provision of a full fibre network to its estate, including offices, schools and libraries.
Under a 20-year contract, the company will provide a network for 170 sites, with work on the installation due to begin next month.
CityFibre said it will design, build, operate and own the network. Its partner company Connex 2000 will support the building using techniques that are claimed to support quick deployment.
The project has won support from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport through its Local Full Fibre Network Challenge Fund.
The company said the network will help the council to upgrade frontline public services, reduce its operational costs and boost productivity. It should also support the improvement of educational resources and the delivery of initiatives using the internet of things, such as urban traffic control.
In addition, it should help local businesses gain access to full fibre connectivity.
Wolverhampton’s cabinet member for resources, Councillor Louise Miles, said: “Wolverhampton’s Vision for Education 2030 Commercial and Digital Transformation theme supports the development of digitally innovative and future proofed learning environments and curriculums that ensure that our learners leave school as some of the most technologically capable young people in the country.
“Better connectivity in public buildings is essential to ensure residents are digitally included.
“Our libraries are committed to giving people access to new and emerging digital technology through the provision of computers, free WiFi and other digital technologies and developing digital skills.”
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