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The UK government should be focusing its attention on the delivery of super-fast broadband infrastructure rather than high-speed rail, it has been claimed.

Stephen McGibbon, Chief Technology Officer for Microsoft in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, told a Westminster eForum that ministers have got their policy wrong in this area.

He suggested that businesses should increasingly be focusing on mobile working to keep up with the increasing demands of 21st century consumers.

And this requires improved connectivity across the land, rather than new transport links into London, Mr McGibbon suggested.

"The one negative fact about the future is the current and previous governments think we need to build railways instead of broadband infrastructure and networks,” he stated.

"HS2 is an example of how [government support] is not sufficient - as all it will do is move jobs into London."

Mr McGibbon claimed that the project is "a strategic mistake", in a world where super-fast connectivity is becoming increasingly important.

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