The Digital Cardiff team sits within the Economic Development Service Area of Cardiff Council based in County Hall, Cardiff Bay.
In 2012, the UK Government announced that Cardiff was to become one of the first 10 cities in the UK to become ‘super-connected’ as part of the Government’s multi-million pound investment in ultrafast broadband. The aim of the programme is to create ‘super-connected cities’ across the UK, delivering high-speed, high-quality, seamless broadband to businesses by 2015.
Do we really need it? The simple answer is yes. Digital technology is growing at an exponential rate and high-speed broadband is now considered an essential prerequisite for modern businesses, 21st century tourists and residents who are continually looking for better connectivity.
While Cardiff cannot claim to have ubiquitous internet access, it is nonetheless one of the most digitally connected cities in the UK. The £8m awarded to Cardiff from the Government’s Urban Broadband Fund (UBF) is expected to accelerate the city’s economic competitiveness and address the digital divide by driving growth; attracting new business; increasing employment; and transforming the way high-speed connectivity services are accessed and provided. We want Cardiff to be a world-class digital city by 2015: the definition of wired.