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The government has launched six pilots of full-fibre networks capable of offering broadband speeds of 1Gbps.

About £10 million is being spent on innovative ways of boosting connectivity in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, West Sussex, Coventry and Warwickshire, Bristol and Bath & North East Somerset, West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester.

This marks the first phase in a £200 million programme announced by Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond in the Spring Budget.

The government believes full-fibre networks, which run fibre connections straight to the doors of customers' homes and businesses, offer an "incredibly reliable connection".

Ministers are also confident that this "cutting-edge" technology will make internet access more secure, as well as enable more people to work remotely without disruption.

Andrew Jones, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, considers full-fibre connections to be “the gold standard”.

"For our economy to thrive, it is vital we make smart investments to ensure our digital infrastructure is world-class and fit for the future,” he commented.

Mr Jones went on to stress that the quality of a broadband connection directly affects "how we live and work today".

Indeed, he argued that reliable connections "enable new industries to flourish, help create jobs and give people flexibility in how and where they work".

Digital Minister Matt Hancock added that these "innovative pilots" will create the right environment for greater commercial investment in full-fibre networks.

"To keep Britain as the digital world leader that it is, we need to have the right infrastructure in place to allow us to keep up with the rapid advances in technology now and in the future," he said.

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