“The economic future of North Wales determined by the resilience of its digital infrastructure”


North Wales has in the past opted for smaller, piecemeal broadband projects with substantial public funding. This practice of focusing on smaller projects, while beneficial in the short term, is not profitable in the long term.

North Wales’ digital connectivity still lags far behind most parts of the UK, despite millions of pounds of public money pouring into the pockets of some major broadband providers.

Giving massive sums of taxpayers’ money to the private sector to roll out piecemeal broadband projects is costly and wasteful and must stop.

We can learn a good lesson from the recent approach of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.

The LCR, rather than giving taxpayers’ money to the private sector, co-invested the money as a joint venture with the private sector.

This type of approach allows the LCR to participate in decision-making and to be a partial owner of the digital network infrastructure.

It allows the LCR to engage in all decision-making processes. This type of co-investment between the public and private sectors in infrastructure projects has long been practiced in many parts of the world.

The joint venture investment approach has proven to be far superior for public return on investment, rather than just giving the money away.

The Welsh Government and local authorities in North Wales need to go back to the drawing board and come up with a totally updated strategy.

We will have far greater sustainable gigabit quality broadband in all corners of North Wales if we choose to deploy full scale fiber optic networks as a backhaul/spine.

This will allow all small localized networks to be easily and cheaply connected to the backbone.

It will also make it much more economically viable for gigabit-speed wireless and 5G service providers, such as Vodafone and O2, to establish connections.

Full-scale digital connectivity as a joint venture between the public and private sectors will enable much more cost-effective infrastructure deployment.

It will also allow small local businesses to play a role in the rollout. A large-scale deployment of a fiber optic network makes it economically viable to cross-subsidize rural sites that are not normally commercially viable.

The public sector as a co-investor will not only receive a financial return on taxpayers’ money, it will also advance its social agenda.

It makes good sense, both financially and socially. A great way to deploy key infrastructure without wasting public money.

All future investors in North Wales will demand high quality broadband broadband before making their investment decisions.

The economic future of North Wales will depend on how we design and deploy a sustainable high bandwidth wired and wireless broadband network reaching all parts of the region.

There is now a small window of opportunity for the six local authorities in North Wales and the Welsh Government to follow the Liverpool region model and opt for a more innovative and innovative deployment of digital infrastructure investment. more sensible.


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