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Birmingham

Government’s renewed focus on next-generation broadband to encourage new development in Birmingham

According to Jones Lang LaSalle's Midlands Chairman


Birmingham, 21 March 2012 - Jones Lang LaSalle’s Midlands Chairman, Jan Thompson, believes the government’s renewed focus on next-generation broadband provision should  encourage new development in Birmingham.
 
The Chancellor revealed today in the 2012 Budget that the city would be entitled to a slice of £10 million, to be made available through the Urban Broadband Fund.
 
“We have seen a remarkable transformation of South Korea’s economy, due in part to  its government focussing so swiftly on ultra-fast broadband, and now I think we will reap the benefits of the council’s decision to set up Digital Birmingham, and its subsequent creation of a digital quarter,” said Mr Thompson.
 
“The West Midlands is already home to a significant cluster of companies in the ‘serious games’ sector, and Birmingham also has special expertise in the video games and animations sectors, especially around the Digbeth area.
 
“Making central government funding available for next-gen broadband can only enhance the city’s offer, and will attract more games designers and developers.”
 
Mr Thompson also welcomed the news of investment in other infrastructure sectors - notably roads, rail, clean energy and water - but was disappointed to hear the Chancellor talk about the need to increase airport capacity in the south-east.   
 
Mr Thompson concluded: “As a country, we certainly do need to boost our capacity, and to establish links with the world’s fastest-growing countries and cities, but we need to see our government investing at the regional level - as happens so clearly in Germany - and to dilute its obsession with London and its hinterland."