The past few weeks have seen a number of major announcements that could impact on the types of web development Manchester companies carry out.
We have already outlined the ten-point plan Manchester City Council has to make Manchester into a “digital city”.
But you can add “superconnected city” to that label, after Manchester secured a £12 million bid for government funding.
The Manchester Digital City plan aims to make sure that 11,000 businesses and 224,000 residential premises have superfast broadband connections by 2014-15.
“We’ve repeatedly stressed the importance of improved transport infrastructure to the city’s future, but leading-edge digital connectivity is every bit as essential,” says Manchester City Council leader Sir Richard Leese.
Key components in the plan that could inspire the web development Manchester businesses choose to carry out include a proposal to make public Wi-Fi connections that enable access at high speeds.
These are to be concentrated on transport corridors and key public areas of the city, which could help to increase the potential local online market for many of the city’s companies.