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Creative and technology firms in the north of England will benefit from the introduction of a £15 million high-speed broadband network, it has been reported.

According to North-West Minister Phil Woolas, the NorthernNet project – established to help firms in the region take advantage of the new MediaCity in Salford – will enable greater collaboration between such companies.

Firms will be able to use the network to transfer videos and other large files, some of which the current telecommunications network finds difficult to support.

Mr Woolas said the north-west has the potential to be "at the forefront of the digital revolution", but it is "vital" that businesses of all sizes are able to grasp the opportunities that technology brings.

"One of the challenges is for small and medium-sized enterprises to be able to access high-speed broadband and I am delighted that through the NorthernNet project they will be able to do just that," he added.

Earlier this week, Wales' Deputy First Minister Ieuan Wyn Jones told the Daily Post that a £30 million fibre-optic broadband project in the north of the principality was proving to be "a major advance".

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