Superfast Cymru 'on track' with broadband rollout

Wednesday, May 7th 2014
The Superfast Cymru rollout programme is on track to deliver its services across the country.
Superfast Cymru 'on track' with broadband rollout
The Superfast Cymru rollout programme is on track to deliver high-speed broadband to homes and businesses throughout Wales, according to the Welsh government.

This is despite residents voicing frustrations about the inadequate quality of their current internet access, with some unable to get online at all.

Deputy Skills and Technology Minister Ken Skates said he understood these concerns, but reassured local people that the rollout is working to schedule and aims to connect 450,000 premises in the area to better broadband by next year, with 96 per cent of the country to be covered before 2016.

Mr Skates said: "The fact that premises are already benefiting as a result of the programme, with an average speed three times the UK average, shows the positive impact it is having as rollout continues."

He highlighted that 17,500 km of fibre optic cable is being laid throughout Wales to deliver the high-speed technology to residents, while BT is installing 3,000 roadside cabinets to be able to connect to the superfast service.

BT's Programme Director for Superfast Cymru Ed Hunt commented: "Great progress is being made, but the sheer scale of the programme means we still have a long way to go."

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