Superfast broadband availability in Wales higher than Scotland and Northern Ireland

The availability of superfast broadband in Wales is higher than in Scotland and Northern Ireland, according to Ofcom’s latest Communications Market Report.

Published on Thursday, it claims that nearly 79 per cent of premises in Wales are now able to access such broadband, up from 55 per cent in 2014. This statistic is at 71 per cent in Scotland and 69 per cent in Northern Ireland.

The rollout of Superfast Cymru – the partnership between the Welsh Government, the UK Government and BT to make faster internet available all across Wales – has been a major contributing factor.

It’s already seen 480,000 Welsh premises provided with access to high-speed internet and is expected to benefit an extra 42,000 by 2017.

Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology Julie James said: “Fast and reliable internet connections are vital. That is why the Welsh Government is committed, through the Superfast Cymru programme, to bring faster broadband across Wales.

“The programme has made tremendous progress and I’m very pleased the latest Ofcom Communications Market Report has highlighted this today showing that 79% of premises are now capable of accessing superfast broadband.

“Superfast Cymru is a challenging programme, with BT engineers often working in difficult conditions, but it is delivering results.”

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