Residents and businesses within Wigan and Leigh will soon be able to take advantage of a lightning-fast broadband network.
Its part of plans that will see Virgin Media Business deliver over 2,700km of new fibre optic broadband infrastructure across Greater Manchester’s boroughs, providing greater connectivity to more than 1,700 public sector sites in the city-region.
The investment within Wigan and Leigh, could see up to 120 sites connected to public sector buildings and some 75Km of fibre being installed for potential access opportunities.
The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) has successfully bid for largest allocation of funding in the UK – more than £23m will be coming from the government’s Local Full Fibre Network Programme.
Wigan is part of the GMCA Northern Arc, along with Bolton, Bury, Oldham and Rochdale Councils and will contribute just over £500,000 of capital funding to the scheme.
After taking on board thousands of responses from Wigan Council’s Big Listening Project, embracing digital was identified as one of 10 strategic goals for the borough to be prioritised. That is why the creation of a full-fibre network is so important for supporting super-fast broadband and high capacity mobile broadband networks – in particular future 5G mobile networks.
A “dig once” strategy will be implemented across all the work carried out and this will be achieved by the sharing of data of future planned highway works