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Digital infrastructure in North Lincolnshire

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What we are doing to improve broadband and mobile internet in North Lincolnshire. Register your interest in having ultrafast broadband (FTTP) in your area.

Register your interest in having access to ultrafast broadband (FTTP) where you live or work

We are working with telecoms providers to bring ultrafast broadband to more areas in North Lincolnshire. Ultrafast broadband provides download speeds of up to 1Gbps (1000Mbps). It is also known as ‘full fibre’, ‘fibre to the premises’ and ‘fibre to the home’.

As we spend an increasing amount of time online for work and for recreation, the faster the broadband speed we have access to, the more efficient we become. Individuals and businesses can work and compete at a global level, families and larger households can have multiple devices online at the same time, without interruption, and communities can benefit from a better digital infrastructure, making online services easier to access.

To have the best chance of your area being upgraded, ask local businesses, friends and neighbours to register their interest too.

There will be no obligation to buy into the service when it becomes available. Telecoms providers and the Government will fund the upgrade to the network. You can then choose whether or not to purchase an ultrafast broadband contract.

Digital connectivity

‘Digital connectivity’ is an all-encompassing term used to describe mobile or fixed connections to the internet. Being connected in this way has become part everyday life – as important to communities and businesses as a water, gas or electricity connection.

With better access to high speed and reliable broadband and mobile connections, local communities can access public services more conveniently and purchase goods online at a lower cost. People can work from home, cutting out their commute and improving their quality of life.

Businesses can grow, become more productive, sell their products in a global market and access a raft of services not available to those offline.

Tourists can find out more information about local attractions and share photographs of their experiences with friends and on social media.

In contrast, areas stuck in the digital slow lane are less attractive places to live, work and visit, and risk being left behind as other areas reap the benefits of our digital revolution.

For more information on digital connectivity and the different technologies available, see the Local Government Association’s guide.

Broadband in North Lincolnshire

Most people in the UK are connected to a basic broadband connection, however there remains too many communities where streaming a movie at home, or sending photos to friends and family via email is considered a luxury. These poorly connected areas aren’t just hamlets deep in the countryside. Some of our larger towns, such as Scunthorpe and Brigg, have areas with average speeds far below the Government’s minimum aspiration.

5G mobile internet in North Lincolnshire

Similarly, while many parts of the country take for granted the existence of ever-present, high-quality mobile connectivity, there are significant gaps in coverage. These gaps are usually found in rural communities, where residents suffer from partial mobile coverage, where not all mobile network operators cover an area.  ‘Not spots’, where a mobile phone will not be able to make a call on any network, can be common.

5G is the fifth generation of mobile networks, following on from previous mobile generations 2G, 3G and 4G. Compared to most of today’s networks (which primarily use 4G and 3G technology), 5G is set to be far faster and more reliable, with greater capacity and lower response times.

What we are doing to improve digital connectivity in North Lincolnshire

As technology continues to evolve, it is vital that all local areas have the digital infrastructure able to meet the demands of consumers and businesses both today and in the future.

Better digital infrastructure will enable North Lincolnshire Council to fully utilise advances in technology and data analysis, allowing us to better understand our local communties and deliver services more effectively.

The transformation of public sector assets,  such as lamp posts into “smart infrastructure”, means we can now supply public access to wifi, support environmental monitoring, such as air quality or flooding, or even monitor pedestrian flow or parking spaces.

By working with the Government and telecoms providers, we are committed to bringing the best digital infrastructure to North Lincolnshire, including ultrafast broadband and a 5G mobile network.

Telecommunication Providers

We are interested in supporting all telecommunication providers in the market with the delivery of better infrastructure across North Lincolnshire.

We are keen to support voucher schemes, commercial builds, pilots or any other approaches. We will be fair to all providers who are interested in delivering services in our area.

If you are a telecommunication provider and would like support from the council, please contact paul.smith@northlincs.gov.uk

Contact details

For more information about digital infrastructure in North Lincolnshire, please email nlbb@northlincs.gov.uk.

A Public Consultation to determine and validate the Intervention Area for North Lincolnshire Council procurement for Phase 3 of the Northern Lincolnshire Broadband programme closed on 25 November 2019.

The Public Consultation followed an Open Market Review (OMR) with the telecoms market to which suppliers responded with information on their existing infrastructure and commercial plans in the project area.

Our Open Market Review closed on 3 September. The details below are now for information only. Please contact us if you have any questions.

The Northern Lincolnshire Broadband Project is striving to extend the availability of NGA broadband infrastructure in North Lincolnshire.

North Lincolnshire Council intends to procure further coverage of NGA broadband infrastructure (capable of delivering download speeds of at least 30 Mbps) in areas within its programme area where such broadband is currently unavailable.

As part of this new procurement process, we are now commencing an Open Market Review (OMR) [DOC, 3Mb] to establish existing and planned (those over the next three years) commercial coverage of broadband services across the North Lincolnshire Broadband Area by all existing and any prospective, NGA broadband infrastructure providers.

This OMR is intended as a precursor to a formal public consultation document.

Your response required

We are sending this OMR to all recognised broadband infrastructure and internet providers in our area for you to be able to review and respond on. In addition, we are also publishing this OMR document on our website along with relevant information needed.

How to respond

Should you wish to be included please ensure you send the correct signed PSMA Standard Form Contractor Licence. Once received we will then provide yourselves with the relevant information for you to consider review and respond.