Walsall to pilot fibre optic network

The Walsall Urban Regeneration Company (WRC) is looking to establish a multi-million pound pilot project for a fibre optic network capable of delivering 1gbps bandwidth to businesses and the community.

The Walsall Urban Regeneration Company (WRC) is looking to establish a multi-million pound pilot project for a fibre optic network capable of delivering 1gbps bandwidth to businesses and the community.

The WRC is assessing how to embed this revolutionary technology within the fabric of the re-emerging market town and set up a world class research and training centre.

The network will surpass the performance of existing copper wire networks, which support bandwidth of 1-2mbps.

“With a number of transformational projects under way and major improvements to the ring road there is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to lay the foundations for fibre optics, which will utterly transform the way we do business and how we use technology in the home,” said WRC director Mohammad Nazir.

Establishing Walsall as an urban regeneration pilot for fibre optic technology would not only help existing businesses increase their efficiency and productivity but also attract research and development and blue chip companies to locate there.

WRC director Geoff Archenhold said, “The growth of broadband services in the home, business, education, health, entertainment and other sectors is changing the way we live and work.

“We cannot afford to be left behind as these advances continue; indeed we need to lead the way and utilise the technologies to aid regeneration and assist wealth creation and sustainable communities.”

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