Decision details

5G and Digital Connectivity

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


The purpose of the report is to provide context and background on the existing digital infrastructure across Warwickshire for both full fibre and mobile connectivity. The report will then outline the need to improve mobile network connectivity, especially the acceleration of the deployment of 5G across the county.





That Cabinet:


1)        Agrees that there is a need to extend and improve gigabit digital connectivity across Warwickshire and approves and adopts the Digital Infrastructure Strategy (at Appendix C) to support the Council Plan 2020 – 2025, the Council’s Covid–19 Recovery Plan and the Warwickshire Place

Shaping Programme.


2)         Agrees to establish a Digital Connectivity Board supported by a Digital Infrastructure Team (as set out at paragraph 5.2 and subject to funding being available) to develop and promote a Digital Infrastructure Programme for and to coordinate and manage the deployment of full fibre connectivity and 5G mobile networks across Warwickshire.


3)       Authorises the Strategic Director for Resources to develop the governance and project management arrangements for the Digital Infrastructure Programme in line with the objectives of the Digital Infrastructure Strategy and the Council Plan 2020 – 2025 and the requirements of the constitution.

Report author: Craig Cusack

Publication date: 13/11/2020

Date of decision: 12/11/2020

Decided at meeting: 12/11/2020 - Cabinet

Effective from: 20/11/2020

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