Monmouthshire town becomes latest part of Wales to get fibre broadband
The rollout of superfast broadband in Wales has reached the Monmouthshire town of Usk.
The first premises in Usk and in the nearby village of Nantyderry now have access to broadband speeds of 24Mbps or faster.
More homes and businesses in the area will be connected to Superfast Cymru’s fibre network in the coming weeks.
Julie James, the Welsh Government’s deputy minister for skills and technology, said: “Superfast broadband has the ability to change the way we live our lives, from accessing entertainment and communicating through social media to how businesses interact with customers and how we use public services.
“It’s great news that the first residents and businesses in Nantyderry and Usk are now able to receive it.
“The Welsh Government is committed to seeing Wales become a truly digital nation and the Superfast Cymru programme is vital in making that vision a reality.
“The programme also highlights the impact European funding is having on infrastructure in Wales.”
Superfast Cymru, a partnership between the Welsh Government, BT, UK Government and the European Regional Development Fund, is the largest of its kind in the UK.
Cable.co.uk previously reported that the programme, which has given superfast broadband access to 480,000 premises not covered by commercial rollouts, was being extended.
The £19m extension, which will see a further 42,000 homes and businesses connected by June 2017, will be delivered by BT and fixed wireless broadband provider Airband.
Wales Office minister Alun Cairns said: “This has been a priority for the UK government and we have made significant progress.
“I am very pleased that over 40,000 more premises across Wales will now share in the benefits of superfast broadband – joining the nearly half a million homes and businesses in Wales that our project has already reached.
“The UK government will continue doing all it can to support this ambitious scheme and ensure that Wales doesn’t get left behind in the digital revolution.”
BT director for Wales Ann Beynon said the extension programme would help reach some of the most remote parts of the country as well as businesses in suburban areas.
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