Sunderland signs 5G deal

The City of Sunderland has agreed a deal that will progress its smart city ambitions by boosting the region’s 5G infrastructure.

A new 5G network will be delivered across Sunderland by BAI Communications through a 20-year strategic partnership.

Under the deal, BAI will design, build and operate next generation digital infrastructure including a private 5G small cell network.

The initiative forms part of Sunderland’s efforts to achieve its global smart city ambition, having been named the UK Smart City of the Year 2020 and Connected Britain Digital Council of the Year 2021.

“We will leverage the power of 5G and the Internet of Things to establish a network of connectivity which will enhance employment opportunities, business efficiency and growth, helping to secure its prosperous future,” said BAI chief executive, Billy D’Arcy.