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Welsh superfast broadband rollout reaches half a million landmark

Wednesday, September 30th 2015 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

More than half a million premises in Wales can access superfast broadband thanks to the government’s fibre rollout, it has been announced today.

Superfast Cymru – a partnership between the Welsh and UK governments, BT and the European Regional Development Fund – has made fibre broadband available to 504,352 premises.

With commercial companies also rolling out the technology, 79% of homes and businesses in Wales can access superfast speeds.

Julie James, the Welsh Government’s deputy minister for skills and technology, said: “Breaking the half a million barrier is a significant milestone for Superfast Cymru.

“That’s over half a million premises in Wales which would otherwise not have access to faster broadband without the intervention of Superfast Cymru.

“The way we do business today and the way we live our lives means fast and reliable internet connections are vital.

“That’s why the Welsh Government has invested in Superfast Cymru, ensuring Wales is one of the most connected countries in Europe.

“This is a great day for Superfast Cymru, but the work is far from over. It is a challenging programme and BT engineers are continuing to work day in day out to bring superfast broadband to communities across Wales.”

Residents of the North Wales town of Llanrwst, on the edge of Snowdonia National Park, are among those recently given access to Superfast Cymru’s fibre network.

The first premises in the Monmouthshire village of Tredunnock and the Powys communities of Llanfyllin, Llangorse and Hundred House have also been connected.

'Truly digital nation'

Work by BT Openreach engineers is continuing in these areas to connect even more homes and businesses.

Ms James added: “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 these communities 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.”

Households and businesses wanting to take advantage of the new fibre broadband network should contact their internet service provider.

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