Broadcast News

Bookmark and Share
20/12/2011

UK Cities To Be Super-connected

The UK's communication infrastructure is in for a major boost with news of new, super-connected cities.
Fourteen cities across the UK have the chance to become super-connected cities, Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced today.
He said that, in the Autumn Statement, the Chancellor George Osborne announced up to 10 cities would share £100m and become super-connected with 80-100Mbps broadband access.
The four capitals - London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast - will benefit while the others will be chosen through a competition.
Today details of those eligible to apply have been published along with guidance for bidders.
The competition is open to the eight core cities and the UK cities that have more than 150,000 dwellings.
They are Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Newcastle, Nottingham, Manchester and Sheffield.
These cities have the necessary size and economy to be able to use super-connected status to drive growth, attract new businesses to the area and transform the way services are provided and accessed.
The Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport Jeremy Hunt said: "The internet is now a fundamental part of our economy. We must ensure the UK has a broadband network fit for the digital age.
"Transforming communities into super-connected cities will enable them to compete with the world’s top digital cities.
“It will help them attract new jobs and new investment and make the UK a place where digital businesses look to come. It will help our creative industries and high-tech companies grow while making the UK even more attractive to overseas firms.
"New businesses are being set up because of the internet while many others are using the Internet to grow.
"We are determined to ensure the UK has the digital infrastructure we need to drive growth."
As part of their proposal to the urban broadband fund, the cities will have to bid for a share of the £100 million and detail how they will use it.
BT and Virgin will strengthen their networks in the winning cities to deliver 80-100Mbps broadband speeds.
The city’s share of the £100 million can be used to provide coverage in areas where BT and Virgin will not go or services beyond what the market will provide.
The bidding cities will have to show how they will use super-connected status to drive growth with a particular focus on SMEs and strategic employment zones.
Proposals will also need to include plans for city-wide high-speed mobile connectivity and bidding cities will be expected to contribute to the cost by providing additional investment or using public assets.
Proposals have to be submitted by February 13 2012 and the successful cities will be announced in the Budget in March. The Government will then work with the successful cities to produce fully developed plans and the money allocated to each city will be announced in July.
(BMcC)
Solidmate Ltd Memory Card Hire London

Top Related Stories
Click here for the latest broadcast news stories.

05/05/2017
Cartesian Becomes First Consultancy To Join Digital TV Group
Telecommunications consultancy Cartesian has become the first member from the consultancy sector to join the Digital TV Group (DTG). The company will
27/06/2018
Speakers Announced For Impossible.com Keynote At IBC
Lily Cole and Kwame Ferreira are to deliver the opening keynote from Impossible.com on the final day of the IBC Conference, 17 September. The final da
29/09/2017
PlayBox Technology Neo Delivers In UK Football
Two of Britain's largest Premier League football clubs have upgraded their broadcast channel branding and playout systems to the latest-generation Air
02/11/2017
Directors UK Partners With Televisual
Directors UK has announced that it is to partner with Televisual to host a panel session at the Televisual Factual Festival for the second consecutive
31/10/2017
NewTek Launches 2018 UK Education Awards
NewTek has launched its 2018 UK Education Awards. The awards recognise excellence in creating engaging and inspiring videos and live streams by studen
30/10/2017
HHB Appointed UK & Ireland Distributor For Non Lethal Applications
NLA began their innovative approach to create affordable, professional and dependable video playback solutions back in 2012. Now in its third incarnat
02/08/2017
Hambro Perks Appoints New CEO Of UK Media Division
London-based company builder, Hambro Perks, has appointed Kate Burns as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the company's new UK media division. In her n
02/08/2017
NEP UK Selects Riedel's MediorNet MicroN Tech
NEP UK has adopted Riedel's MediorNet MicroN technology for use in a broad range of high-profile live productions. With 26 MediorNet MicroN high-densi
06/02/2018
Nominations For RTS Television Journalism Awards 2018 Announced
The Royal Television Society (RTS) has announced the nominations for the RTS Television Journalism Awards 2018. The awards ceremony, sponsored by Gues
29/01/2016
RTS Announces Television Journalism Awards 2016
The Royal Television Society (RTS) has announced the nominations for the RTS Television Journalism Awards 2016.   The awards, for news and current aff
08/01/2018
Canon UK Announces BSC Expo 2018 Showcase
Canon has announced that it will showcase its latest 4K and HDR solutions at BSC Expo 2018 to help address the challenge today's filmmakers are facing
05/01/2018
CABSAT 2018: UK Companies To Exhibit
More than 50 British companies will collectively exhibit at CABSAT 2018 from 14 – 16 January at the Dubai World Trade Centre. Some 25 companies will e
04/01/2018
Animation UK Welcomes Additional Money For Children's TV Programming
Animation UK's campaign to secure additional money for children's TV programming received a boost following Culture Secretary Karen Bradley recently a
27/11/2017
Ross Video Appoints ATG Danmon As UK Diamond Elite Business Partner
ATG Danmon has been appointed a Diamond Elite Business Partner by Ontario-based, Ross Video. Ross Video is one of the fastest growing manufacturers of
17/11/2017
UK Studios: An International Success Story
It has often been said that Hollywood is the most recognisable film industry in the world, with hundreds of movies and television series generated eve