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Digitel Europe says Liverpool needs broadband funding

Friday, April 20th 2012 by Paul France
Liverpool 'in need of ultra-fast broadband funding'

Tom Cullen of Digitel Europe has criticised the government for not allocating urban broadband funding to Liverpool.

The government was wrong to overlook Liverpool for urban ultra-fast broadband funding, according to the managing director of Wirral-based telecoms firm Digitel Europe.

Ten UK cities - Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds & Bradford, Newcastle, Manchester and the four capitals - were selected by the Conservative-led coalition to share £100 million to roll out universal broadband speeds of up to 100Mbps.

Combined, the ten successful bidders are expected to deploy next-generation broadband services to around 1.7 million properties and 200,000 businesses.

However, Digitel Europe chief Tom Cullen hit out at the decision to exclude Liverpool from the scheme and warned that the north-west city could lose out on investment to rival cities with better broadband infrastructure.

Speaking to the Liverpool Daily Post, he questioned: "What are we supposed to do here? What are the businesses here supposed to do?"

Digitel has rolled out its INET next-generation broadband service across Liverpool, Halton, Warrington and Wirral, allowing firms in these areas to connect their mobiles, landlines and computers.

"Businesses like mine are doing something. But there should be a national plan for broadband," Mr Cullen declared.

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