ITS has been awarded a joint venture contract in Liverpool, driving it to become one of the most digitally connected areas in the UK.
The joint venture company is between the Combined Authority, ITS and French Utility NGE.
Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, announced the award of the £30m joint venture contract, following a competitive process in February 2021.
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How We’re Making LCR Connect Happen
ITS will create a resilient 212km long fibre backhaul spine – connecting three transatlantic cables and major economic clusters in each of the city’s 6 regions, continuing to install the digital infrastructure in carriageways, footpaths and cycleways.
The build will be a key driver in attracting inward investment from major enterprises and be critical to businesses, as well as consumers. It will support the development of new networks such as 5G and be Cloud and Data Centre connected.
What LCR Connect Means for Local Communities
With LCR Connect, the Liverpool City Region will offer businesses access to cutting-edge fibre for their operations, and position Liverpool as a key area for new investment. LCR Connect also allows local authorities to improve their service offerings in the community, levelling the playing field and providing opportunities to those who need it most.
“LCR Connect is a game-changer for our region, offering businesses access to the fastest internet speeds in the country, boosting productivity, and creating thousands of jobs and training opportunities in the process.
I want our region to be known as the most digitally connected place in the country to grow a business. Thanks to the investments we’re making now, we’re already on our way to achieving that ambition.”
Steve Rotheram, Mayor of the Liverpool City Region