Welsh village with ultrafast broadband wins top European award

A rural Welsh village with some of the fastest internet speeds in the UK has received a prestigious European Broadband Award.

The community of Michaelston-y-Fedw, which is situated between Cardiff and Newport, offers residents upload and download speeds of 1GBps. It’s a beneficiary of the Welsh Government’s broadband voucher schemes.

Last month, the community was presented with the Innovative Models of Financing, Business and Investment award at a gala held in Brussels. Nominees and finalists were chosen by experts from the European Union.

Villagers have played an active role in achieving these broadband speeds. They rallied together to raise the money to build the network, before receiving funding from the Welsh Government Access Broadband Cymru scheme.

Julie James congratulated the community, saying: “This is a tremendous achievement for the community of Michaelston-y-Fedw who through impressive community spirit, hard work and backing from the Welsh Government now have access to ultrafast broadband.  To come top in the awards which cover the whole of the EU does them great credit and helps put Wales on the map.

“While the digital landscape in Wales has been transformed by our Superfast Cymru project with more than nine out of ten premises with access to superfast broadband, we know there is more to do to reach the final premises.  There is no single solution, and for some a community scheme will be the way forward.

“Michaelston-y-Fedw is a great example of what can be achieved when communities work together with support from the Welsh Government.”

This news comes a month after Colwyn Bay, a coastal town in North Wales, became one of the UK’s most connected areas following the rollout of an end-to-end pure fibre network.

Welsh tech company Fure Fibre Zone is planning to install next-generation broadband infrastructure across the region, providing residents with internet download and upload speeds of at least 100Mbps per second.