190,000 homes in Wales can now access superfast fibre optic broadband due to the Superfast Cymru programme which has helped to fund fibre broadband to areas not commercially covered.
The Welsh Government have targeted there to be 96% of Wales to be covered with 80Mb broadband speeds by Spring 2016.
Ken Skates, the Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology, said:
“Superfast Cymru is one of the most ambitious programmes of its kind, bringing fast fibre broadband to areas which otherwise would not receive it. I am pleased today to be able to announce the next phase of this programme, which shows how more and more communities are set to benefit.
By the time Superfast Cymru is completed in 2016 Wales will be one of the most connected countries in the world. It is a huge undertaking with 3,000 green roadside cabinets to be installed and around 17,500kms of optical fibre cable to be laid.”
The Superfast Cymru programme has been funded by the Welsh Government, the UK Government and the European Union to the tune of £205 million. On top of this BT is investing a further £220 million into helping rollout fibre optic broadband to areas in Wales that were not covered by its own commercial rollout.