ANNOUNCEMENT 23 Jul 2014In July 2014, the British government announced a change in private-sector financial support.
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Press release on decision from 23.7.2014, BEI/14/171:
On 23 July 2014, the European Investment Bank agreed to grant EUR 240 million (GBP 190 million) to the communications infrastructure and mobile communications company Arqiva. The money will be used to fund several nationwide infrastructure projects in the United Kingdom. These projects include expanding digital radio, rolling out the new T2 muxes, as well as improving WiFi connectivity.
The beneficiary is a leading company in the digital market for network solutions and services. Among other activities, Arqiva supplies the infrastructure for all four of UK's mobile network operators, large broadcasters such as BBC, ITV or BSkyB, as well for emergency services.
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