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Government announces £10m pilot to boost fibre broadband for six UK Areas

Matteo Natalucci Published 05 September 2017

The project is part of a £200m four-year plan to stimulate the growth of full fibre in the country


The government has announced its commitment to provide full fibre networks connection with a speed of 1,000 Megabits per second to six areas of the UK. 

The £10m projects aim to test innovative ways of connecting offices and public sector buildings with the next generation of broadband - full fibre networks that run fibre connections straight to the doors of customers’ homes or businesses.

The project is part of a £200m four-year plan to stimulate the market and encourage the growth of full fibre up and down the country. The remaining £190m will be spent by 2020-21.

Test projects will now go ahead in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, West Sussex, Coventry and Warwickshire, Bristol and Bath & North East Somerset, West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester. 

The exchequer secretary to the treasury, Andrew Jones, said: "Reliable connections enable new industries to flourish, help create jobs and give people flexibility in how and where they work. For our economy to thrive, it is vital we make smart investments to ensure our digital infrastructure is world class and fit for the future".

Minister of state for digital, Matt Hancock, said: "We want to see more commercial investment in the gold standard connectivity that full fibre provides, and these innovative pilots will help create the right environment for this to happen. To keep Britain as the digital world leader that it is, we need to have the right infrastructure in place to allow us to keep up with the rapid advances in technology now and in the future."


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