The amount of data that can be transmitted in a fixed amount of time.


The state of being connected or interconnected. Capacity for the interconnection of platforms, systems, and applications.


The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport

Environmentally sensitive areas

A type of designation for an agricultural area which needs special protection because of its landscape, wildlife or historical value.


A node with a large number of links.


A new idea or creative thought; new imaginations in the form of a device or method.


The delay before a transfer of data begins following an instruction for its transfer.

Mobile networks

A cellular network or mobile network is a communication network where the last link is wireless. The network is distributed over land areas called “cells,” each served by at least one fixed-location transceiver, but more normally, three cell sites or base transceiver stations.

Mobile operators

Telecommunications company that provides wireless internet services for mobile device users.

National Planning Policy Framework

The revised National Planning Policy Framework sets out the Government’s planning policies for England and how these are expected to be applied.


The quality of a network being trustworthy or performing consistently well.


Telecommunication is the transmission of signs, signals, messages, words, writings, images and sounds or information of any nature by wire, radio, optical or other electromagnetic systems.

Test bed

A platform for conducting rigorous, transparent and replicable testing of new technologies.

Urban Connected Communities

A government project with the intention to support Urban Communities attempts to accelerate digital links.


To make a new product, service, or system available for the first time.

Science and Technology Committee (STC)

The Science and Technology Committee exists to ensure that Government policy and decision-making are based on good scientific and engineering advice and evidence.

West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA)

A strategic authority with powers over transport, economic development and regeneration in the region.