Investment in regional digital connectivity is just ‘peanuts’

MIPIM 2019: Investment is digital connectivity is completely inadequate at the moment, according to regional leaders, as they turn to the private sector to future-proof their towns and cities.

Members of the Midlands UK Pavilion’s “Digital Connectivity as a Necessity” panel at MIPIM said investment in 5G, high-speed broadband fibre connections, data capture and innovation was required to ensure the regions were not left behind.

Louise Brooke-Smith, partner and UK head of development and strategic planning at Arcadis, said: “It’s peanuts, we are miles behind places like Singapore and Dubai, the cities and parts of the world