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The government has allocated £95 million of funding to help roll out full-fibre broadband infrastructure.

Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond announced in this week's Spring Statement that 13 areas would benefit from the first wave of investment, which forms part of the £190 million Challenge Fund that was unveiled in last year's Budget.

Recipients of the money will include Armagh City, Blackpool, Cardiff, London, Manchester and Wolverhampton.

The government recently confirmed that 95 per cent of UK premises can now get superfast broadband.

However, just three per cent currently have access to gigabit-capable full-fibre infrastructure.

The government therefore wants to leverage local and commercial investment in full-fibre, particularly as the need for faster connectivity is "expected to dramatically increase over the coming years".

"It will do this through funding a series of projects that seek to stimulate the market by making the deployment of gigabit-capable full-fibre infrastructure more commercially viable," the Department for Culture, Media and Sport said.

The Internet Services Providers’ Association has welcomed the government's announcement, as it believes long-term investment in the country's telecoms networks "remains a key priority in delivering reliable and leading edge communication services".

Chairman Andrew Glover added that along with providing targeted support, the government must continue reforming and removing barriers to broadband rollouts.

This, he stated, would "ensure the UK remains well connected and able to compete in a global digital economy".

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