‘Ultrafast’ broadband set to transform Manchester as government announce £12million share to boost city

By Dean Wilkins

Manchester is ready to receive £12million to transform the city into a ‘digital leader’, after being allocated a share of the government’s £114million pot.

Ten cities have been given the green light to expand their broadband services in a bid to connect the country through a super-fast infrastructure.

And while London receives the majority share of £25million, Leeds and Bradford take £14.4million, Belfast £13.7million and Manchester benefits from £12million.

The money will be used to renovate businesses old technology and increase their broadband speeds up to at least 80 to 100Mbps.

Culture Secretary Maria Miller said: “Fast broadband is essential for growth and is key to the country’s economic future.

“The ten cities have produced ambitious and comprehensive plans which will turn them into digital leaders and give their local economies a real boost.”

The plans will enable companies to compete on a global scale with the world’s leading digital centres – and investment will create jobs and develop infrastructure.

Ultrafast broadband will also connect up to 230,000 homes and 55,000 business premises in three years.

“The new investment will help put these cities at the centre of the digital stage, competing for jobs and investment with the best in the world,” Ms Miller added.

The second £50million fund announced in the Budget will be shared by ten smaller cities.

Photo courtesy of Michelle Simmons.

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