Milton Keynes Sets Sights on Digital Growth

Milton Keynes Sets Sights on Digital Growth

JUNE 2017

Howes Percival Partner Simon deMaid recently joined other Milton Keynes based business chiefs and city stakeholders to discuss the digital future and what’s next for Milton Keynes.

The call follows a recent roundtable gathering chaired by alternative infrastructure provider CityFibre, where professionals were asked to share their digital ambitions for Milton Keynes and discuss how a transformation into a Gigabit City could overcome the challenges presented by the cities aging communications infrastructure.

Chairman of the event, Marc Lough, City Development Manager at CityFibre:

“Milton Keynes is one of the fastest growing cities in the UK, and if it reaps the benefits of the full-fibre connectivity we’ve invested in beneath its streets, this trend is set to continue. “In fact, Milton Keynes has the potential to become a key driving force in the UK’s digital revolution - the National Infrastructure Commission has already identified the city as the ideal future home of the UK’s Silicon Valley. Businesses and community leaders need to act now by making fibre the standard in MK and embracing its Gigabit City status.”

Simon DeMaid, Partner at Howes Percival LLP:

“It would be good to look at research showcasing the comparison between copper and fibre infrastructure and how it affects the likes of productivity, I think the difference would be surprising to those who don’t understand the importance of connectivity to their business.”

The event placed CityFibre’s investment in the city’s 160km full fibre network under the spotlight, highlighting its real potential to support business growth and competitiveness, attract start-ups and investment and underpin city-wide developments such as smart-city infrastructure, public Wi-Fi and mobile upgrades.

To read more Milton Keynes and "digital connectivity" visit here: CityFibre Milton Keynes.

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