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Multi-million investment in Manchester broadband

The Government is investing £12m in turning Manchester into a 'super-connected city' Photo: PA Images

The economy of Manchester is set to get a boost with the announcement of a £12m investment in the city's broadband.

The investment, announced today by Culture Secretary Maria Miller, will help transform Manchester into what the Government call a 'super-connected city'.

The hope is that by offering high-tech and digital companies the infrastructure they need, the city will be able to compete for business, investment and jobs with the world's top digital cities.

Manchester joins the four UK capital cities, Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds & Bradford and Newcastle in sharing a £114 million super-connected city fund. It will help provide businesses with ultrafast broadband (at least 80-100Mbps) and high speed wireless Internet access.

Culture Secretary Maria Miller said:

"Fast broadband is essential for growth, and is key to the country's economic future. Manchester has produced ambitious and comprehensive plans, which will turn it into a digital leader, and give the local economy a real boost. The new investment will help put the city at the centre of the digital stage, competing for jobs and investment with the best in the world."

The Government is trying to transform the UK's digital infrastructure as a key driver of jobs and economic growth. It is investing a total of £830 million in delivering the best broadband in Europe and extending mobile coverage.

Manchester's plans include taking ultrafast broadband access to around an extra 27,000 residential and 6,200 business premises as well as high speed wireless to even more. The plans are due to be delivered by 2015.