Liverpool steps up fibre programme

Steve Rotheram, metro mayor of Liverpool City Region, has announced the next stage in the authority’s bid to establish an ultrafast fibre network across its six boroughs.

In preparation for work starting on the 220km-plus fibre network, two supplier events will be held where fibre companies, network operators, contractors, investors, and other relevant organisations can find out how they can get involved in the design, deployment and management of the network. The events will be held in London on Tuesday 30 July and in Liverpool on Thursday 1 August.

Rotheram said: “Devolution gives us the opportunity to transform our city region by making use of our key assets. The transatlantic internet cables connecting the UK, North America and the rest of the world land in Sefton, and we have one of the most powerful supercomputers in the country – the Hartree supercomputer – in Halton.

“By linking those two assets with an ultrafast fibre network that connects all six of our local authorities, and links into projects like the Knowledge Quarter, we can supercharge our economy, creating inclusive growth that benefits everyone.

“We are going to make this digital revolution a reality and I’d like to encourage industry experts and investors to join us. It’s not just about fibre broadband; it’s about digital in all of its forms. Transformational projects such as Digital Connectivity and our Mersey Tidal Power project will enhance our reputation internationally and deliver real benefits for local people, businesses and our communities.”

The fibre network is to consist of a series of digital loops, which will stimulate local fibre networks enabling businesses, public service providers and people at home to access next generation connectivity.

Cllr David Baines, portfolio holder for digital connectivity and inclusion for the Combined Authority, said: “This is a transformational project that aims to firmly place our city region at the forefront of digital connectivity. High speed, reliable and resilient connectivity together with a future proofed network infrastructure will bring huge opportunities and a wide range of benefits to those living and working in all six of our boroughs.”

Companies interested in attending the engagement events can register their interest at The Chest procurement portal, or by emailing

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Transatlantic internet cable landing in Sefton and connecting with Hartree Supercomputer in Halton via the Knowledge Quarter: excellent! Can Sefton Council really engage with this? How about an ambitious digital vision for Sefton? – Southport, Bootle, Crosby, Formby etc. – the whole coast – to become a hive of digital enterprise… Start small but aim big; the transatlantic cable lands here!

By Roscoe

What on earth is Rotherham talking about? Daresbury super computer, transatlantic cables, ‘knowledge’ quarters, local fibre networks? None of these things are in any way linked. Besides, as we know, much of the new bandwidth will most likely be used to access pornography rather than create start up businesses.

By Cynic

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