28 April 2014

Wales Investment in SuperFast Broadband One of The Best In The World

Wales with the help of European investment is to have 96& of its homes and business with Next Generation Fibre Broadband 2016. 

It was announced by Wales Finance Minister Jane Hutt together with Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology, Ken Skates

The announced investment includes Superfast Cymru programme and BT’s with a total amount of around £425m.  Around £90m is directly from the European Regional Development Fund, from BT £220m, Welsh Government £58m and the UK Government with £57m. 

This investment accounts for the largest project of this type in the UK and will empower Wales to be proudly one of the best connected countries in the World. There is an interesting free event tomorrow which will discuss this development further, on the network.

It was stated by Finance Minister Jane Hutt: "Superfast Cymru, a partnership between the Welsh Government and BT, is taking fibre broadband to parts of Wales not covered by commercial plans. It will transform the broadband landscape across our country, ensuring we are at the forefront of the global digital economy in Europe. European investment has been absolutely crucial in enabling us to deliver this major project, and it means that by the end of spring 2016, 96% of premises in Wales will have access fast fibre broadband."

Ann Beynon, BT Director Wales, stated: “It’s very pleasing to see the Superfast Cymru programme making fantastic progress in connecting communities across Wales. In fact, the hard work and commitment of our engineers has meant that some areas are getting switched on to fibre broadband earlier than expected. “The roll out continues to gain momentum so many more communities can look forward to the benefits of superfast broadband in the weeks and months to come. The availability of high speed broadband is essential to consumers and businesses across Wales".

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