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The new MediaCity development on Manchester's Salford Quays is to benefit from a next-generation broadband infrastructure from BT, it has been announced.

Peel Media, the developer and owner of the new project, has awarded the broadband provider a multi-million pound, five-year contract to introduce a high capacity resilient network to the building, which will include tenants such as the BBC and the University of Salford.

Over 20 million metres of optical fibre cable will be installed at the site.

Mike Blackburn, BT's Regional Director for the north-west of England, said: "This partnership will provide one of the most advanced communications infrastructures of its kind, tailored to meet the specialist needs of the local media community, which demand higher bandwidth in order to thrive during this exciting digital era."

He added that the project also highlighted Manchester's commitment to drive "innovation and enterprise across the region".

BT recently recruited a number of businesses in Glasgow's Halfway area to take part in its fibre optic broadband trial in the area.

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