Superfast Cymru reaches halfway, brings fibre to 346,000 more homes

The Superfast Cymru broadband project, which intends to extend fibre optic broadband connections to 96% of homes and businesses in Wales, has hit the halfway point this week. Approximately 346,000 Welsh premises can now access superfast internet.

BT revealed it's deployed 17,500km of optical cable andinstalled about three thousand new roadside cabinets to help getWales up to speed. The Superfast Cymru programme - a collaborationbetween the provider and the Welsh government - will let 691,000premises access download speeds of 30Mb or more by spring 2016.

Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, EdVaizey said: "Superfast broadband coverage in Wales has now reachedmore than a million premises, over two-thirds of the total inWales. 345,000 premises have gained coverage as a result of theSuperfast Cymru broadband programme."

BT's switched on superfast fibre connections to more than 45,000homes since the beginning of 2015 and recently confirmed that220,000 premises can now access speedier broadband in Cardiff andSwansea.

The Superfast Cymru project has generally focused on extendingconnections to hard-to-reach areas not serviced by commercialrollouts from private operators, as these rural areas are oftenconsidered too expensive to upgrade. The government's BroadbandDelivery UK project has already pledged a further £12.1 million forwork in Wales beyond the 2016 deadline.

Source: Wales Online

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