A number of feasibility projects designed to help develop Ultra-Fast Broadband across Europe are being funded by the Technology Strategy Board (TSB).
The TSB is investing £1 million in various projects, each costing between £30,000 and £100,000, to drive forward plans to establish internet access technology with speeds between 1Gb and 10Gb.
It is hoped that the projects will lead to the creation of European collaborations that will eventually take part in larger scale research and development initiatives funded by the European Union.
Mike Biddle, lead technologist at the TSB, said that a Europe-wide optical broadband capability will "fundamentally change the way that businesses operate".
He explained that such fast broadband speeds could have many benefits, including increased efficiency and more opportunities for people to work flexibly.
"The challenge is to identify ways to address the technical issues facing the introduction of Ultra-Fast Broadband within the next decade and to build European collaborations to exploit the technology, while generating wealth for the UK," Mr Biddle added.