AS one of the UK’s leading digital cities Newcastle is once again at the forefront of digital innovation thanks to one of its partners in the successful Go Digital project.
BT plans to transform the UK’s broadband landscape from superfast to ultrafast - and a large-scale trial of the cutting-edge technology is taking place in Gosforth.
The trial has been welcomed by Newcastle City Council which has recognised the value of effective use of digital services to help citizens, businesses and the voluntary and community sector transform the way the city works to change lives, boost productivity, drive economic growth, provide jobs, connect individuals and revitalise the way services are delivered.
Newcastle City Council, under its Go Digital Newcastle programme, has already been working closely in partnership with BT to extend the availability of Superfast Broadband and is now in the final stages of this programme which will see coverage available in 97.7% of the city.
BT was also successful in winning the contracts for both the indoor and outdoor Wi-Fi service which has seen free Wi-Fi delivered in 69 public buildings across the city and will soon see an additional 71 outdoor locations delivered across key pedestrian routes in the city centre, Quayside and Gateshead town centre.
Go Digital Newcastle has also, as part of the national Connection Voucher scheme funded by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, issued connection vouchers worth up to £3,000 to 1,437 SMEs across the region to help them get access to improved broadband connectivity and the business benefits that can unlock.
Finally, Go Digital Newcastle has successfully delivered a business support programme to 435 SMEs across the city, delivering workshops and training in a range of digital skills to help them maximise the benefits of improved broadband connectivity.