Fibre optic broadband arrives in Wales

Welsh broadband is finally being given a much-needed boost as the first installation of superfast fibre is unveiled on a street in Bangor.

A landmark fibre optic broadband installation has been unveiled in Wales.

Urban areas in Gwynedd will be the first to benefit from high-speed internet as part of a £57million investment from the UK government.

The first street cabinet to offer superfast speeds was unveiled in Bangor today, and more of the green boxes are now being installed around the city.

Communications minister Ed Vaizey said: "This represents the dawn of a new age for superfast broadband in Wales.

"The UK government has invested £57million in the Superfast Cymru project, which will deliver fibre broadband to 96% of Welsh homes and businesses by the end of 2015."

"The project will also create an estimated 2,500 full-time jobs, and is a reminder of the massive contribution to economic growth that the government's nationwide roll-out of broadband continues to make," he added.

To ensure that Britain has the "best broadband in Europe" by 2015, the government will spend more than £500million delivering superfast broadband to rural areas.

Bangor is the first of eight locations in Wales to benefit from the scheme, along with Caernarfon, Dolgellau, Menai Bridge, Porthmadog, Pwllheli, Ebbw Vale and Tredegar.

Engineers will ultimately lay 17,500km of fibre optic broadband cable, connecting 3,000 street cabinets across the country.

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