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The government's new £100 million fund for ultra-fast broadband in major cities is not enough to make a real difference, it has been claimed.

Under latest Con-Lib coalition plans, ten UK cities - including London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast – will receive public money for fibre broadband infrastructure.

However, Mark Collins, Chief Commercial Officer of CityFibre Holdings, warned that £100 million – while "great news" in itself - is not enough to fund truly future-proofed fibre-to-the-premises infrastructure.

"There is a real danger that taxpayers’ money will be ploughed into substandard fibre-to-the-cabinet technology," he claimed.

"It’s important to remember that although the copper networks have served us well, they were never designed to cope with the bandwidth requirements of today, let alone those of tomorrow."

Mr Collins said an incremental approach to the rollout of fibre broadband would put the UK at a "huge disadvantage" for years to come.

It will also create the need for another wave of significant investment to future-proof the infrastructure, he claimed.

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