Superfast Cymru starts rolling out in Carmarthenshire
The first premises in Carmarthenshire served off the Upper Cwmtwrch exchange now have access to fast fibre broadband through the Superfast Cymru programme.
Households and businesses in this area can now enjoy the many benefits of superfast broadband and work will be underway in all telephone exchange areas in the county between now and September 2015.
This is on top of the private sector’s commercial roll-out that has already been deployed in Llanelli.
The high-speed technology 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.
At home fibre 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, Julie James said: “It’s great news that the Superfast Cymru scheme is now being rolled-out in Carmarthenshire. Residents and businesses in Upper Cwmtwrch are the first to benefit through the programme and this is just the beginning. Work will be underway in all telephone exchange areas in the county between now and September 2015.
“Fast fibre broadband has the ability to change the way we live our lives. From accessing entertainment and communicating through social media to how businesses interact with customers and how we use public services.
“The Superfast Cymru programme is the most ambitious in the UK with the aim of reaching 96% of properties in Wales by the end of Spring 2016 delivering fast fibre to more people more quickly than the rest of the UK.
“The Welsh Government is committed to seeing Wales become a truly digital nation and the Superfast Cymru programme is vital in making that vision a reality.”
Superfast Cymru, a partnership between the Welsh Government, BT, UK Government and the European Regional Development Fund is the largest of its kind in the UK. It is working to achieve, when combined with commercial programmes by the private sector, the Welsh Government’s aim of providing 96% of premises in Wales with access to fast fibre broadband by the end of Spring 2016.
Superfast Cymru Programme Director, Ed Hunt, said: “We know how important it is that as many people as possible can take advantage of fibre broadband. Through BT’s own commercial roll-out and now with Superfast Cymru we are taking world class speeds the length and breadth of Wales, including rural and urban areas.
“Great progress is being made but the sheer scale of the programme means we still have a long way to go. We look forward to changing the lives of households across Wales and the growth opportunities for Welsh businesses, all brought about by our superfast deployment.“
Households and businesses in this area 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
Enquiries about this news release should be made to Anne Jones on 0300 062 5478 at the Welsh Government press office or Eurig Thomas in the BT Cymru Wales Press Office on 07442 536 639. All BT news releases can be accessed at: http://www.btplc.com/News.
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.
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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