15.8 C
Lancashire
Saturday, July 13, 2024

Blackpool set for £283m economic boost from CityFibre’s full fibre rollout

Economic impacts include £167m in productivity benefits, £37m from a widened workforce, and £10m in local authority savings

A new report commissioned by CityFibre, the UK’s largest independent full fibre platform, has identified that Blackpool stands to be a huge beneficiary from the rollout of future-proof full fibre infrastructure which is now well underway across the town.

The study by the consultancy Hatch, (Economic Impact of Full Fibre Infrastructure from CityFibre’s Network), estimates that, over a fifteen-year period, the positive impacts of CityFibre’s £60m investment in Blackpool will include £167m in productivity and innovation gains, £37m from a widened workforce, £10m in Local Authority efficiency savings and £106m in increased housing value.

Technological benefits are also a major focus of the report, which demonstrates that CityFibre’s network in Blackpool will help unlock £396m in gross added value (GVA) from 5G services, £177m from the Internet of Things and £70m from Smart City initiatives, like intelligent traffic management systems and street lighting.

The continuing transition to home and flexible working, supported by full fibre access at home and in the office, is also unlocking access to a larger pool of labour for employers. In Blackpool working productivity uplifts are estimated to exceed £9m.

The direct impact of network construction is also identified as a major contributor of Blackpool’s economic growth, creating network construction jobs within CityFibre’s build partners and supply chain. Wherever possible, the new jobs will be recruited locally to support the rollout.

The UK, as a whole, stands to benefit from over £38bn in potential economic benefits. Productivity improvements and innovation are responsible for the largest impact, driving more than £22bn in GVA gains nationwide. This is due to the positive effect that far faster and more reliable digital connectivity has been shown to have on business productivity and innovation, increasing turnover and contributing to the formation of new businesses and business models.

Steve Thorpe, Area Manager for Blackpool at CityFibre, said: “This report demonstrates just how powerful and essential full fibre is as a catalyst for growth and a platform for innovation and investment. We’re extremely proud of our rollout in Blackpool, the £60m investment we are making here, and we look forward to seeing how it will benefit residents and businesses over the decades to come.”

Councillor Lynn Williams, Leader of the Council, Cabinet Member for Tourism, Arts and Culture, and Councillor for Claremont Ward, added: “It’s clear that full fibre infrastructure will provide the springboard that Blackpool needs to really develop its connectivity capabilities. Thanks to the work being done by CityFibre, we will be able to enjoy some of the fastest broadband speeds available that will unlock more business, learning, entertainment, and creativity.

“As we become ever more reliant on high quality connectivity, we are delighted that companies such as CityFibre are investing in this key infrastructure that will strengthen Blackpool’s standing in the digital world both now and in the decades to come.”

The network is now live in Blackpool, with services currently available from TalkTalk with more broadband providers expended to join the network soon. Across the UK, CityFibre is already working with launch partner, Vodafone, to deliver next generation broadband services, as well as TalkTalk, Giganet, Zen and IDNet, with more expected to join the network soon.

Residents interested in giving their home broadband a boost can find out more about the build and register their interest at www.cityfibre.com/homes.

spot_imgspot_img

Latest

England vs Spain Free Bets: Get 50/1 on England to Win the Euros! – Euro 2024 BetVictor Sign-Up Offer

The country waits in anticipation as England prepares for...

Wimbledon 2024 final: Alcaraz through after win vs Medvedev

Holder Carlos Alcaraz held off world number five Daniil...

Thomas Kneale’s Brett Mendell awarded ‘Advocate of the Year’ award

Brett Mendell - the managing director at bedroom and...

Legal expert reveals steps to take after personal data breaches

A legal expert has outlined what to do if...
spot_img

Subscribe to our newsletter

Business Lancashire will use the information you provide on this form to be in touch with you and to provide updates and marketing.

Don't miss

Best Horse Racing Betting Apps In The UK – July 2024

If you are looking for the top horse racing...

Thomas Kneale’s Brett Mendell awarded ‘Advocate of the Year’ award

Brett Mendell - the managing director at bedroom and...

Wimbledon 2024 final: Alcaraz through after win vs Medvedev

Holder Carlos Alcaraz held off world number five Daniil...

Child rapist jailed for 20 years

A man who raped and sexually abused a young...

More News

WEC Group invests £10 million for Europe’s largest subcontract heavy machining and nuclear fabrication facility

WEC Group has announced the commencement of construction on a new state-of-the-art, 60,000 sq. ft heavy machining and nuclear fabrication facility in Walker Park,...

Soft Play Manufacturers Celebrate Their Thousandth Installation

Lancashire-based soft play manufacturers are rejoicing as they recently reached a momentous milestone of completing their one-thousandth installation. With years of experience in the industry,...

Exclusive Distributor Deal with CeramicSpeed Signed by Bearings & Drives

Bearings & Drives Ltd, a NW based bearings firm, has become the sole distributor of the industry leading CeramicSpeed Insulate ball bearings, considerably strengthening...