Manchester City Council announces its intention to make Manchester a "Next Generation City".
Later this month, the Oxford Road area of the city, can expect to see “next generation” open network broadband become available to them.
It is hoped Universities, colleges, businesses and community groups will benefit from the new proposals which will see their internet access become up to 1,000 times faster than most of the services currently received. The council are hoping that this will help in the creation of new jobs, new training opportunities and new services.
Executive Member for Environment, Councillor Neil Swannick, said “If Manchester's economy is to continue to grow then it is vital that we have accessible and affordable super-fast broadband, based on the proven state-of-the-art capabilities of fibre and advanced wireless; this is what the Next Generation Digital City project aims to do.
"We know that other European cities which are competing directly with us, such as Amsterdam and Paris, are providing fibre directly into businesses and the home, at a fraction of the cost of anywhere in the UK. Consumers and businesses then benefit by having reliable broadband at anything up to 1,000 times the speeds that are currently offered here. We believe that this will soon become a major competitive threat to Manchester and the UK as a whole."
"This year we're celebrating the 60th anniversary of the world's first real computer being invented here in Manchester, and I can't think of a better way to prepare ourselves for the technological challenges of the next 60 years, than with these Next Generation Digital City proposals."
Chris Crawford is MD of BD Recruitment, a specialist recruiter for the internet recruitment sector, with a gamut of creative jobs and SE jobs.