The aim of the Growth Deal Digital Extension 2020 (GDDE20) funding is to improve accessibility, productivity, innovation and business competitiveness across the Heart of the South West (HotSW) Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) area and this submission offers a 5G testbed to improve and enhance connectivity for the marine and maritime sectors accessing and testing technology within Smart Sound Plymouth (SSP).

The Marine and Maritime sectors and the business and jobs that are supported are an important part of the economy for Plymouth and the south west and form part of what makes Plymouth a unique Ocean city.

SSP is ideally suited to deliver a maritime 5G demonstrator due to the critical mass of leading maritime industry and academia partners in the city and support wider digital infrastructure development across the city and South West.

The focus is on delivering real outcomes to opportunities and challenges identified by the marine and maritime sector to support business growth through the exploitation of the emerging 5G technology. We will do this through 5G connectivity and applications, improving connectivity and positively impacting GVA and safeguarding local business in the sector.

Growth Deal Funding: £1.8m