The Borderlands Partnership is a collaboration between the counties which make up the English and Scottish border. Rural tourism is a key part of the Borderlands economy: the region has fewer than 1 million residents but welcomed more than 63 million visits in 2019.

Key information

Total project funding amount: £3,800,000

Project date(s): -

Category: Government Funded

Location(s): Cumberland Council - Borderlands Partnership

Status: Open

Advanced wireless technology can enhance how the region tells its story of Borderlands communities; build the tourist economy; protect the environment and local businesses; improve the delivery of rural services and the process to collect information to support future investment. The region will prove commercial delivery of this new technology at:

  • Windermere 5G Ferry 
  • Kielder Castle and Forest
  • Stranraer Marina 
  • The Sill @ Hadrian’s Wall
  • Destination Tweed 

These projects have been chosen because they can be delivered and replicated. The project will design into these use cases a range of options to ensure sustainability and encourage further commercialisation during delivery. Learnings from these projects, especially with respect to commercial sustainability, will be used to demonstrate the benefits of the technology and support the project’s strategy to roll out to more sites as part of the renewed Digital Infrastructure Strategy.

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