Fujitsu set to bring broadband to rural UK

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Super-fast broadband will be available to all

Fujitsu is set to apply for more than 90 per cent of a £530 million government investment.

The Japanese technology giant has announced plans to build a fibre-optic network across the UK to deliver super-fast broadband to over 5 million rural homes. The announcement comes as research suggests that just one per cent of UK households currently have access to superfast broadband, defined as speeds of over 25Mbps.

Fujitsu is willing to invest £1.5-£2 billion on the project, £500 million of which will hopefully come from the government investment. The company will be competing with other telecom firms, including BT, to get the lion's share of the grant which is aimed at bringing up-to-date internet access to the countryside.

Virgin Media, TalkTalk telecom group and Cisco Systems have already confirmed that they will use the Fujitsu network to provide their broadband services.

BT and Fujitsu to work together

Rival BT is spending £2.5 billion on its fibre optic broadband network in the hope that it will be in two thirds of the UK by 2015. Fujitsu hopes to claim the 'final third' where so far companies have found it uneconomic to build super-fast broadband infrastructure.

Communications minister Ed Vaizey said: "The collaboration between these two companies was exactly the sort of ambition and innovation the government wanted to stimulate. Creating this super-fast broadband network will help improve the economic and social prospects of the homes and businesses where high speed internet access remains just a dream."

Fujitsu LTD currently employs over 173,000 staff across 70 countries. The company reported consolidated revenues of over £30 billion for the fiscal year ending March 2010.