BT aims to drive Welsh broadband speeds into global top ten
Wales will be one of the ten best-connected countries on the planet by 2015, according to BT's director for Wales Ann Beynon.
Speaking at a Cardiff Breakfast Club meeting, Ms Beynon said the country's climb up the global broadband speed charts would come about thanks to BT's £2.5 billion investment in the UK's broadband infrastructure, reports the South Wales Echo.
In July, BT and the Assembly Government announced plans to roll out fibre optic broadband with speeds of up to 80Mbps to 96 per cent of Welsh homes and businesses by the end of 2015.
Furthermore, the project aims to reduce the proportion of properties stuck with speeds of less than 2Mbps from over 20 per cent to about two per cent.
Taking into account BT's commercial spending, the total investment in Welsh super-fast broadband stands at around £425 million.
Commenting on BT's agreement with the Welsh Assembly, Ms Beynon admitted it will be tough to deliver, but stressed the company is looking forward to the challenge.
"We were looking for partners to co-invest with us, but they said no as it was too much of a risk," she explained.
"I don't think anyone at the moment is doing more to 'fibre up' the UK than BT."