Welsh Government funding to accelerate Pure Fibre Zone rollout

Pure Fibre Zone is one of the firms to benefit from increases to the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme recently announced by the Welsh Government.

The North Wales-based company, which is part of the I4 Technology Group, said the funding will allow it to accelerate its rollout of pure fibre services across Wales.

Over the coming years, Pure Fibre Aone wants to provide residents and businesses in Wales access to superfast internet with upload and download speeds of 100mb per second.

At the beginning of the month, the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme was boosted in Wales as a result of a new partnership between the Welsh and UK governments.

Previously, the scheme offered small businesses and surrounding communities vouchers worth up to £2,500 to cover the installation costs of a gigabit-capable broadband connection.

However, under the new arrangements, the Welsh Government will offer an additional £3,000 to SMEs and an additional £300 per residential property.

UK Government minister for Wales Nigel Adams said: “Improved connectivity for homes and businesses in Wales is at the centre of the UK Government’s efforts to strengthen our economy and support our rapidly expanding digital sector.

“This voucher scheme will ensure more people in Wales have access to reliable broadband speeds, marking another significant leap forward in both governments’ efforts to ensure Wales has a broadband network fit for the future.”

This news comes as Pure Fibre Zone is currently installing a high-speed internet network in Colwyn Bay, delivering pure fibre to residents and businesses in Colwyn Bay.

Elfed Thomas, CEO of parent company i4 Technology Group, said: “Poor internet speeds are hampering vast areas of Wales that have been neglected by the lack of fibre builds.

“With this increase in support we can now bring areas of Wales up to speed, and provide a broadband infrastructure fit for the future.  We believe that providing fibre infrastructure and Wi-Fi to will make a significant contribution to the regeneration of the High Streets up and down the country.

“We believe the majority of homes and businesses in our target areas are eligible for the Gigabit Broadband voucher scheme. We will be meeting both the Welsh Government and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to ensure that our build timelines secures the funding.”