Digital infrastructure and connectivity
We will drive excellent digital infrastructure and connectivity for the city and for the council.
What we will achieve in the next 5 years for citizens and business:
Develop a culture that recognises the benefits to citizens and businesses of digital infrastructure.
Implement the Local Broadband Fund (LBF) project in council adult residential care homes.
Bids for funding for solutions to improve connectivity in the city where opportunities arise.
Provide and develop public Wi-Fi in public buildings, city centre and buses.
Support and participate in city infrastructure developments in collaboration with partners for broadband, Wi-Fi and mobile telecommunications.
Exploit city centre digital infrastructure such as dark fibre to act as catalyst for digital developments, inward investment, regeneration and economic activity.
Newport established as Wales’ first data city. To do this we will:
- Work with Cardiff Capital Region, business, industry and FE and HE institutions to capture, sustain and grow our data capabilities and opportunities, including the delivery of a National Technology Institute in Newport.
Council services are delivered by fast and reliable networks. To do this we will:
- Continue to review the digital infrastructure provision in council buildings.
- Review the existing Community Safety Network provision.
- Ensure effective management of the council’s data centre to improve resilience.
- Migrate existing PSTN telephone network services to digital.
- Increase the number of digital solutions delivered via cloud services where possible to improve accessibility, availability, resilience and sustainability – ‘cloud first’.
Smart place technology improves service delivery. To do this we will:
- Develop a culture of collaboration and innovation within the council, embracing, trialling and implementing new technology.
- Consider and implement smart place technologies where appropriate to capture, use and publish appropriate data.
Digital infrastructure for the city considered in council buildings, planning, road infrastructure and assets. To do this we will:
- Develop a culture that recognises the benefits to citizens and businesses of digital infrastructure.
- Review the digital infrastructure provision in council assets such as roads and street furniture.
- Support and participate in city infrastructure developments in collaboration with partners for broadband, Wi-Fi and mobile telecommunications.