The network, which is on track to be completed this year, is designed to
significantly improve connectivity, and will support internet access for businesses
and other organisations, making the city region among the best-connected areas
of the UK.
Working with the BBC, technology partners and the National Cyber Security
Centre, experts from LCR Connect and joint venture partners ITS and NGE
provided the design and deployment of the network.
Utilising the ITS Faster Britain full fibre network, the solution ensured Eurovision
2023 was broadcast to the largest global audience in the contest’s history, as well
as providing connectivity to the world’s media, audience members and visitors in
Ahead of the event, organisers had been especially alert to a possible cyber-attack
after Italian police thwarted attempts by pro-Russian hackers to disrupt last year’s
event in Turin, so network security was a central element to this year’s planning.
To ensure resilience, the solution encompassed completely diverse routes from
the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool to independent locations in London, where
internet traffic was handed off to the BBC and the European Broadcasting Union,
allowing the show to be beamed around the world.
And ITS, in partnership with leading security experts NTT, also provided
protection for the public facing internet traffic at the arena, defending against
distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attacks, a tactic commonly used by cybercriminals.
Steve Rotheram, Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said: “Staging a global
spectacle like the Eurovision Song Contest to hundreds of millions of viewers
around the world was a massive triumph for our area – and one that was made
possible, in part, by our world-class infrastructure.
“Through LCR Connect, we’re delivering the fastest internet speeds in the country
and positioning ourselves at the forefront of the UK’s digital revolution – and
stand ready to attract the thousands of well-paid jobs and training opportunities
it will bring to our area. We’ve shown the world that nowhere is more capable, or
qualified, to host global events than the Liverpool City Region.”
Daren Baythorpe, CEO of ITS, said:
“The vision of LCR Connect is to provide a world-leading full fibre network to the
City Region, and this weekend that has been in evidence. We were delighted to
work with multi-agency colleagues to deliver this event in Liverpool to a global
“Our network and security measures have enabled broadcasters to take this
spectacle to its biggest ever audience, providing reliable connectivity to visitors
across the city, and contributed to a memorable week of celebrations across the City Region – it really does show the power of connectivity. I would like to thank
the technical teams that have enabled such a successful event.”
Scott Bicknell, UK Managing Director of NGE, said:
“Eurovision 2023 has been placed under the sign of unity, which is also one of
NGE’s values, demonstrated each day by the work our teams carry out together
with the Liverpool City Region and our partner ITS to bring high-speed internet in
“We are thrilled to have contributed to the successful delivery of this major
European event, with the construction of a reliable and transformative
infrastructure for local businesses and communities. A shout out to our Liverpool
teams for their commitment.”