Sunderland City Council and BAI Communications are delighted to announce that they have won the Small Cell Forum Judges’ Choice award for promoting small cells for social, economic and environmental development in Sunderland.

In partnership with Sunderland City Council (SCC), BAI is building a 5G-powered smart city infrastructure to deliver a broad range of socio-economic benefits, that will drive inward investment, stimulate the local economy and offer life-enhancing opportunities.

The new 5G small cell and associated networks rolling out in Sunderland, made possible by SCC and BAI’s unique long-term partnership, will create huge opportunities for digital innovation – boosting digital confidence and inclusion, transforming public services to improve community safety and healthcare, creating jobs and increasing working productivity, whilst maintaining industrial competitiveness – underpinning a vibrant engaging, healthier, smarter city.

Billy D’Arcy, CEO BAI Communications UK, said: “This award feels very special to BAI who is very proud to be in this strategic partnership with Sunderland, a city that is ambitious, inclusive and digitally-minded for the success of residents, businesses and public service providers alike.”

The awards took place at the Small Cells World Summit, on Tuesday 24th May 2022. Open to the whole industry and judged independently of SCF by a panel of industry experts, analysts and journalists, the awards received entries from mobile operators and vendors from across the world and the full spectrum of the mobile value chain.

Presenting the award, Keith Dyer, The Mobile Network, said, “BAI Communications and Sunderland City Council submitted evidence of an ambitious Smart City programme that uses 5G small cells as a key part of its supporting infrastructure. Judges were impressed by BAI’s integrated application of a range of technologies to support the Council’s goals of furthering economic development and social inclusion, along with improvements to health, education and other services.”