Located in the northwestern corner of France and best known for its age-old maritime traditions and distinct Celtic traditions, France’s region of Brittany received a boost to its telecommunications after the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) pledged to allocate €74.5 million towards improved internet access for residents of some of France’s more underdeveloped regions as the programme will provide the region’s with access to ultra-high broadband coverage.

The EU’s newest regional investment will complement private sector investment and help to increase the region’s ultra-high broadband coverage, which stood at 6.2% of the population in 2013, to 68.4% by 2023, a figure that would not be possible without the intervention of European funds, according to the EU’s Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Creţu.

“This cohesion policy project supports the development strategy for Brittany by creating new opportunities where the region excels, including in the maritime sciences and economy. High-speed broadband will enable local companies to access new markets at home, or even abroad,” said Creţu. “The deployment of ultra-fast broadband networks will make public services more accessible to local populations in rural areas.”

The ERDF expects the additional fund will allow for the development of new services and digital applications in areas such as e-health, online training, remote work, and online administrative procedures.

The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2020.