The vision for W&B is a “Smart and Healthy Digital Town”. One that has an open digital platform and network to foster creativity and innovation, economic growth, inward investment and social inclusion for connected residents and ambitious businesses.
There is an overarching “fully fibre” strategy that encompasses a 5G ready infrastructure, public Wi-Fi, integrated town centre services (Access Control, CCTV, Fire, traffic control and IoT sensors), an integrated TV and Radio reception system and Gigabit Broadband.
This is a design for multiple services that is future-proof and ensures that everyone will enjoy world-class connectivity.
This strategic approach to the communications provision is designed to attract the most ambitious start-ups and businesses to a hi-tech community where they can connect, grow and collaborate alongside some of the best minds and innovative businesses in the UK.
It will also enable key public facilities within the development (e.g. Bordon and Oakhanger Sports Club) to be connected to the Smart Town network on the day they open – that goes for businesses moving in too.
This is a future-proof strategy, which will provide an open network that is accessible to all telecoms providers and ISPs that will migrate seamlessly – for instance, should WBRC wish to sell the asset in the future it will be adoptable by BT Openreach, Vodafone or an Altnet (e.g. City Fibre).