Superfast Cymru reaches half a million mark

The Superfast Cymru project has connected more than half a million Welsh premises to superfast broadband, deputy Minister for Skills and Technology Julie James has confirmed.

Wales was recently named the UK developed country with the highest availability of superfast broadband, with 79 per cent of premises now able to access it.

According to Ofcom’s Communications Market Report 2015 – which was published in August –  504,352 premises all across Wales can use superfast broadband.

Superfast Cymru is the partnership between the Welsh Government, UK Government, BT and European Development Fund to roll out fast broadband all across Wales.

Julie James, deputy minister for skills and technology, said: “Breaking the half a million barrier is a significant milestone for Superfast Cymru.

“That’s over half a million premises in Wales which would otherwise not have access to faster broadband without the intervention of Superfast Cymru.

“The way we do business today and the way we live our lives means fast and reliable internet connections are vital. That’s why the Welsh Government has invested in Superfast Cymru, ensuring Wales is one of the most connected countries in Europe.

“This is a great day for Superfast Cymru, but the work is far from over.  It is a challenging programme and BT engineers are continuing to work day in day out to bring superfast broadband to communities across Wales.”

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