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Superfast Cymru brings fibre broadband to 100,000 Welsh properties

Thursday, January 9th 2014 by Hannah Langston
Superfast Cymru rollout surpasses 100,000 homes and businesses

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has issued a progress update on the Superfast Cymru rollout.

The number of Welsh properties able to access fibre optic broadband thanks to the Superfast Cymru programme has passed the 100,000 mark, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport has announced.

Backed by £57 million of UK government funding, the project is aiming to bring the technology within reach of 96 per cent of homes and businesses across Wales by the end of 2015.

Once work on the scheme has been completed, superfast connectivity will be available to over 690,000 premises that would otherwise have missed out through commercial deployments.

In north Wales, communities to have benefited from the initiative so far include Blaenau Ffestiniog, Criccieth, Fairbourne, Harlech, Llanberis, Penygroes, Penrhyndeudraeth and Tywyn, while Brynmawr, Clydach and Rhiwderin in the south have also been connected.

BT is carrying out the Superfast Cymru rollout, with the telecoms giant committing to invest around £220 million in Welsh fibre broadband through its various projects.

Commenting on the announcement, Culture Secretary Maria Miller said it is brilliant that so many Welsh homes and businesses "are already gaining real social and commercial advantages as a result of the nationwide rollout".

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