Creating a fairer Salford by:
16.1 Increasingly, the competitiveness of cities will be heavily influenced by the quality and capacity of their digital infrastructure, such as high speed broadband and the latest generation of mobile phone and wireless technology. Salford’s long-term success, and its ability to secure investment and attract modern businesses, will in part rely on constantly improving its digital connectivity, enabling it to respond to opportunities such as the ‘internet of things’ (the networking of a wide range of devices, buildings and other items) and ‘smart cities’ (integrating technology to manage assets and provide data). This will help the city to function more effectively, opening up new possibilities for residents and businesses.
16.2 Access to high quality digital infrastructure, and having the skills to utilise it, will be a vital component of social inclusion, enabling everyone to take up employment, education and social opportunities, as well to access the full range of services that are increasingly provided online. It will also enable greater homeworking, and hence reduce pressures on transport systems.
16.3 Salford is already well-positioned from an economic perspective, with MediaCityUK at Salford Quays recognised as an international centre of digital creativity, with a range of digital-based businesses and The Landing digital enterprise hub. It will be important to further enhance this position, whilst at the same time providing the rest of the city with access to similar standards of digital infrastructure.
The rollout and continued improvement of affordable, high speed, high capacity digital infrastructure serving all parts of the city will be supported. It will be particularly important to ensure that the City Centre and Salford Quays have the highest quality digital infrastructure, both in terms of fibre and the latest generation wireless technology, to strengthen their existing role.
New development shall:
Telecommunications development shall:
16.4 As well as supporting new infrastructure provision, the successful functioning of existing digital infrastructure needs to be protected from adverse impacts, including from new development. Such infrastructure includes existing telecommunications apparatus, microwave links and switching stations. It will also be important to ensure that new buildings do not prevent residents from accessing strong and unbroken television reception.
Adverse impacts on the successful functioning of existing digital infrastructure shall be avoided. Where this is not practicable, appropriate mitigation shall be provided.
16.5 The main indicators that will be used to monitor this chapter are:
|Proportion of businesses with full fibre connections||Unknown||Greater Manchester: 90% by 2025 |
|Proportion of homes and businesses with full fibre connections||8% nationally 
36.9% in Salford 
|100% nationally by 2033 |
 Greater Manchester Combined Authority (2019) Greater Manchester Infrastructure Framework 2040
 Ofcom (17 September 2019) Connected Nations Update Summer 2019
 Ofcom (4 November 2019) Connected Nations Update Summer 2019 Data
 Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (July 2018) Future telecoms infrastructure review. The publication sets a nationwide target for all homes and business premises to be connected to full fibre by 2033