Digital & IT

Gigabit connectivity and a world class smart city programme sets Peterborough apart

Gigabit connectivity and a world class smart city programme sets Peterborough apart

In 2019 the UK’s tech industry attracted £6.3 billion in funding from investors – more than anywhere else in Europe, and Peterborough is a step-ahead with a globally recognised smart city programme, and a £30 million full-fibre-to-the-premises gigabit network. In the broader region, St Neots plans to become the UK’s first smart market town, and Ely is having full-fibre connectivity rolled out imminently.

This connectivity is powering cross-sector digitisation with fast-flowing information, and allowing test-bedding for smart technology integration. This change isn’t just happening in industry, we’re also using emerging technologies to improve quality of life for our residents.


Higher concentration of manufacturers than the average are of the UK


Continents where Peterborough’s smart city lessons have been shared

£624 million

Of benefits expected to be generated from Peterborough’s gigabit network

Thanks to some of the most comprehensive gigabit connectivity in the county, Peterborough has a nationally significant cluster of over 6,000 businesses specialising in high-tech manufacturing, agri-food, and logistics and distribution. Many of these businesses aren’t just adopting cutting-edge technology, they’re pioneering their own solutions.

Food manufacturers like OAL and Baker Perkins are developing world-class robotics and automation processes for food manufacturing. A £1.8 million 3D printing centre of excellence is being built by Photocentric. Security is also creating opportunities and Peterborough is a base for industry leaders like DNV GL, and DSM Group. Collaborations between Lawrence David and Amazon has resulted in the manufacture of a completely new and smart haulage system that will provide full transparency to improve sustainability, efficiency in transit and optimise routes.

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National Centre for Food Manufacturing
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Businesses are already investing in their staff to safeguard their operations. A survey to determine the curriculum at the new University of Peterborough showed the largest cross-sector demand was for artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and software development.

We’re already home to disaster recovery and digital security organisations like NetSupport and DSM Group; DNV GL also has a digital security centre of excellence in the city, and digital manufacturing is being led by ABB Group’s B&R Automation company, and 3D printers, Photocentric.

There are big opportunities for businesses who can solve challenges of ageing population, integrated systems, and digitising processes. But clean growth is also critical – circular economy principles are being implemented at grass roots levels to reduce our reliance on raw materials, increase resource lifespan, save businesses money, and protect our environment.

Grass roots digital communities like Agile Peterborough, Digital People in Peterborough and the Ministry of Testing alongside specialist centres like Haatch and Peterborough Workspace have created a hotbed of activity. Focused on professional networking, these groups provide Peterborough’s digital professionals with opportunities to collaborate, develop their skill sets, network and help small business owners grow their business.

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