Four more Gwynedd exchanges go superfast
Fast fibre broadband is now available in Bala, Llandderfel, Chwilog and Maentwrog thanks to Superfast Cymru.
The first households and businesses in these areas are now able to access fast fibre broadband. Superfast broadband enables businesses to work faster and more efficiently, benefitting from faster upload and download speeds and reducing the need to travel, helping to create jobs and expand businesses.
It was announced today that more than 1 million UK homes and businesses now have access to superfast broadband as a result of the publicly funded UK wide rollout. Up to 40,000 premises are now gaining access every week throughout the UK.
Ofcom's annual Communications Market Report, published this week, has also credited the Superfast Cymru programme for driving superfast broadband coverage in Wales.
At home superfast broadband is not just about a faster internet experience or about doing one thing quicker. It’s about everyone in the house being able to do their own thing online, all at the same time, whether that is streaming films, downloading music, studying or keeping in touch with loved ones.
Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology, Ken Skates, said: “Superfast fibre broadband has the power to transform the way we do business, the way we keep in touch, how we access entertainment and how we use public services.
“The Superfast Cymru programme is probably the most ambitious in the UK. We aim to reach 96% of properties by the end of Spring 2016 making fibre available to more people more quickly than the rest of the UK. The residents and businesses in Bala, Llandderfel, Chwilog and Maentwrog are the latest to benefit.
“Wales will not just become one of the most connected countries in the world by 2016 – it is going further, faster and quicker in reaching this ambitious goal.”
Superfast Cymru is the largest partnership of its kind in the UK. It is working to achieve, when combined with commercial roll-outs, the Welsh Government’s aim of providing 96% of premises in Wales with access to fast fibre broadband by the end of Spring 2016.
Households and businesses in these areas which want to take advantage of the benefits of fast fibre broadband should contact an internet service provider (ISP) of their choice to place an order.
Information about the roll-out is published on the Superfast Cymru website (www.superfast-cymru.com) including a coverage map which provides details of roll-out plans looking approximately 12 months ahead.
For information about which exchange areas are already enabled go to the coverage map on http://www.superfast-cymru.com/where-and-when
The latest images of the Superfast Cymru roll-out are available for download at:
About the Welsh Government and Superfast Cymru
The Welsh Government is the devolved Government for Wales. We are working to help improve the lives of people in Wales and make our nation a better place in which to live and work.
The Welsh Government and BT are working in partnership on the 'Superfast Cymru' programme to develop a nationwide superfast broadband infrastructure.
Superfast Cymru will boost commercial roll-out and help the Welsh Government achieve its target to deliver high speed fibre broadband to 96% of homes and businesses in Wales by 2016.
Superfast Cymru is set to transform the broadband landscape in Wales and to promote economic growth and sustainable jobs in Wales. We have estimated that up to 2,500 further full times jobs could be created throughout the Welsh economy over time. It will ensure we are at the forefront of the global digital economy and help to champion Wales as a great place to live, work, invest and visit.
About Superfast Britain
Superfast Britain is a UK Government programme of investment in broadband and communication infrastructure across the UK. Run by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, this investment helps businesses to grow, creates jobs and will make Britain more competitive in the global race. The portfolio is comprised of three elements
• £780m to extend superfast broadband to 95% of the UK by 2017
• £150m to provide high speed broadband to businesses in 22 cities
• £150m to improve quality and coverage of mobile phone and basic data network services
Administered on behalf of Government by Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), Superfast Britain is transforming Britain by promoting growth, enabling skills and learning, and improving quality of life.
For further information: https://www.gov.uk/broadband-delivery-uk