5G coverage in the South of Scotland and North East of England is to be boosted by a £3.8 million funding plug.

The Borderlands has been selected as part of the Government’s £36 million scheme to enhance digital infrastructures across ten regions.

The successful 5G bid was submitted by the Borderlands Partnership, which comprises five local authorities in England and Scotland – Cumberland Council, Dumfries and Galloway Council, Northumberland County Council, Scottish Borders Council and Westmorland and Furness Council.

The area will now become a 5G Innovation Region, which will allow it to adopt more advanced wireless technologies.

By providing residents and businesses with faster, more reliable and secure connectivity it is hoped the scheme will boost the local economy and improve the delivery of public services.

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