Greater Manchester (GM) One Network

GM One Network will create a single active network infrastructure across a large proportion of public sector organisations, enabling network services across Greater Manchester to be provided more efficiently, securely and flexibly.

A single physical active network across Greater Manchester with separate virtual networks for each organisation will be a true enabler of multidisciplinary team working for localities and the wider GM. It will ensure that all organisations get the full exploitation of the investment in the Full Fibre and create an environment in which these connections could be better used, be more resilient and be faster.

GM One Network is another example of the region making significant progress in our ambition to have world class digital infrastructure, having already tolled out the Local Full Fibre Networks (LFFN) Programme, which connected more than 1,500 public sites across the city-region making. Whilst the LFFN programme is laying the foundations for a network of world class infrastructure, each of the organisations involved needs to consider how best to make use of that investment.

GM One Network demonstrates the value of close collaboration between GMCA, Greater Manchester’s local authorities, Fire & Rescue Services and Transport for Greater Manchester and and subsequently those partners agreed to investigate the potential benefits of further collaboration to utilising a network without bandwidth limitations.

Councillor Eamonn O’Brien, GMCA Portfolio Lead for Education, Skills, Work, Apprenticeships and Digital, said: “We’re ensuring that Greater Manchester has the digital infrastructure it needs to be a world class digital city-region. For our people, having the right infrastructure in place can remove barriers to social, economic and public sector reform objectives. It’s great that once again, our partnerships with the private sector include strong social value commitments, that will be of real benefit to our people across the region. I’m pleased to see progress in this space that continues to ensure citizens across Greater Manchester can benefit for the opportunities that digital brings.”

Programme benefits

  • GM One Network puts the foundations in place for future smart cities and place initiatives
  • Will improve user experience, by providing a common and consistent platform, meaning users can move seamlessly between public spaces
  • Will support the acceleration of adopting modern working practices such as Wi-Fi, remote and mobile working
  • Reduce spend on wide area networks (WAN), and other network and infrastructure services, including routers and firewalls
  • A “do things once” approach for Greater Manchester, removing the need for individual approach in each Local Authority, through standardisation and reducing duplication
  • Moving to platforms where reduced effort will be required to deploy, configure and install network infrastructure, using automation to reduce the need for third party site visits
  • The wireless-first approach means reducing the required density of fixed local area networks (LAN) connectivity, ultimately reducing site installation and maintenance costs.

Social value impact

Our partners have made a number of bold investments in social value initiatives that support Greater Manchester’s Digital Blueprint. The social value commitments will include:

  • Support for start-up businesses in Greater Manchester to create new products and services that deliver positive outcome for communities. Outcomes such as business mentoring, co-development of new products and university led research 
  • Career mentoring for over 24-year-old Greater Manchester resident seeking employment
  • Working with Greater Manchester schools to inspire students into tech and digital careers
  • Working with relevant stakeholders to offer digital skills training and initiatives
  • 28 new apprenticeship opportunities to be created
  • Over 3,300 volunteering hours to support community projects across Greater Manchester
  • Supporting digital inclusion initiatives through financial donations, Greater Manchester’s Databank and installing free connectivity, in some community sites across the region