The government has announced the 10 cities in the UK that will be provided with funding to help provide "ultra-fast" broadband services in order to help the nation compete with the likes of Japan and South Korea.
The £100m funding was first announced last year and chancellor George Osborne confirmed during his Budget speech that Belfast, Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle and London have been successful in securing funding.
Based on the shortlist drawn up by the government last year, this means Glasgow, Nottingham and Sheffield have missed out.
"These bids have the potential to create in the UK, 10 of the best cities in the world for broadband connectivity," Osborne claimed.
Each city can apply for a maximum amount of funding from the £100m pot, with each guaranteed a minimum portion, as outlined in the table below.
Osborne also said the government's plan to provide 25Mbit/s and above to 90 per cent of the population by 2015 was vital to help improve the UK's broadband infrastructure.
However, Dana Pressman-Tobak, the managing director of broadband provider Hyperoptic, said that while the government was right to try and improve the nation's broadband speeds, it needs to ensure it aims for the highest possible services to future-proof the nation for the long-term.
"In order to compete in a global broadband arena the government needs to take a long-term view and focus on encouraging broadband providers to adopt fibre-to-the-building models in cities. Anything less is not ideal," she said.
The importance of the internet to the UK's economy was underlined earlier this week when a report by Boston Consulting Group claimed it is worth £121bn to the nation, at almost 10 per cent of GDP.
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