THE Borderlands is set to be at the forefront of "cutting-edge" wireless technologies thanks to a multi-million pound fund.

The area has been named as one of 10 '5G innovation regions' by the UK Government and will share in a £36m cash pot.

The new technology has both commercial and environmental applications, such as providing real-time traffic management and monitoring water quality through wireless-enabled buoys.

It is hoped 5G and advanced wireless technologies will "revolutionise public services" and "boost local economies".

Destination Tweed is among five sites across the region where the new technology will be integrated.

Sir John Whittingdale MP, minister of data and digital infrastructure, said: “We’re channelling millions into local areas to unlock the potential of cutting-edge 5G wireless and digital technologies which will reshape our public services, drive economic growth and boost innovation. This new fund will give local areas from across the country the opportunity to be at the forefront of Britain’s world-leading 5G revolution.

“For instance, by using 5G for farming and creating science parks, we're not just helping local communities, but also encouraging new ideas all over the UK.

“This is more than just linking smartphones. It's about using powerful digital connections to transform various sectors in the economy and the public sector throughout the entire country.”

The successful 5G bid was submitted by the Borderlands Partnership – which comprises Scottish Borders Council, Cumberland Council, Dumfries and Galloway Council, Northumberland County Council and Westmorland and Furness Council.

Making full use of the opportunity from the better functionality of 5G is essential if the partnership is to fulfil its vision for a revitalised Borderlands, according to a spokesperson.

This includes increasing job and business opportunities, and attracting more people to live, work and visit the region.

Mark Fryer, leader of Cumberland Council and Borderlands Partnership co-chair, said: “The Borderlands is world renowned as a tourist destination but historically has lacked digital connectivity to enable people to make the most of their visit and for all our communities to gain the most benefit from these visitors.

“We have ambitions of region wide connectivity which will seamlessly support access to community and visitor information, way-finding, highlight areas of congestion and encourage visitors to explore the hidden parts of our region.

“Advanced wireless technology can enhance how we tell the story of Borderlands communities, building the tourist economy whilst protecting our environment and local assets.”

Cumberland Council will be the lead authority for the £3.8 million Borderlands 5G Innovation Region programme.

It sits outside of, but has strong links to, the Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal which is investing over £450m in the region over 10 years.