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The government has pledged to invest another £100 million into UK broadband networks, with major urban areas set to benefit.

Delivering his Autumn Statement in the House of Commons, Chancellor George Osborne announced a £5 billion investment in UK infrastructure.

Some of this funding is being allocated to the creation of super-fast digital networks for UK business.

London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Belfast will be the first five cities to benefit, with others set to be announced at a later date.

Mr Osborne said it was important to invest in urban digital networks as these do not exist as yet.

"See what countries like China or Brazil are building and you'll also see why we risk falling behind the rest of the world," he stated.

"Our great cities are at the heart of our regional economies. And we will help bring world-leading, super-fast broadband and Wi-Fi connections to ten of them."

Private sector broadband providers will be invited to bid for public funding to create super-fast hubs, where broadband speeds of between 80Mb and 100Mb are available.

A BT spokesman described the plan as "a positive initiative" that will help ensure the UK's major cities have the best available super-fast broadband.

He noted that BT is already upgrading large parts of these cities under its commercial roll out plan and the funding could help the firm go further.

The spokesperson added that BT is also working hard to ensure homes based in rural areas are given improved access to high-speed services.

"Large swathes of the countryside will be able to access super-fast broadband as BT continues its roll-out and as funds already lined up by the government become available in the next five years or so," he stated.

"We are testing new technologies to improve speeds where fibre won’t be available."

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