Superfast Speeds come to Royal Welsh Showground

The Royal Welsh is speeding ahead with superfast internet available on the showground for the first time this year, thanks to the Superfast Cymru programme.

Connecting the popular Llanelwedd showground with a fibre broadband cabinet is one of the programme’s latest installations.

The cabinet delivering superfast speeds to exhibitors and visitors alike will be unveiled on the first day of the show.

Benefits will include providing free WiFi hotspots on the showground which will help ease the congestion of the mobile phone signal during the very busy week. Visitors will also be able to use the hotspots to check the Royal Welsh Show’s new app which will provide all the latest information.

Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology Ken Skates said: “It’s great news that Superfast Cymru has delivered superfast broadband to the showground, demonstrating how Wales is becoming a digital nation.

“Superfast Cymru is an ambitious programme, providing fast fibre broadband to areas which otherwise would not benefit from this resource which is increasingly important for all of us, especially businesses including farming.”

Deputy Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries Rebecca Evans said: “The success of the first year of the new online payments system for farmers in Wales, with nearly a third submitting their applications electronically, shows how more and more businesses are operating digitally.

"The Superfast Cymru programme delivers the fast and reliable internet speeds that will encourage further take up of online services.

“The Welsh Government has invested £7.9m to establish a new and modern online payments system. This is because we want to simplify and improve the payment application process and ensure that farmers in Wales are fully on board with Wales’ transformation into a digital nation.”

Ann Beynon, BT Director Wales, said: "The Royal Welsh is one of the most prestigious events of its type in Europe and I'm delighted that we've been able to install superfast fibre broadband to this venue for the first time as part of the Superfast Cymru programme.

" High speed access to the internet is an important part of everyday life and providing this capability at the shop window for farming in Wales is great news for an important sector in our country.

" We're really looking forward to continuing to deliver high speed broadband across Wales over the next couple of years".

" I'm also delighted that we're delivering this on time thanks to the dedication of hundreds of BT engineers working incredibly hard on what is an enormous project."

“Having superfast broadband installed at the showground is very exciting and as a local person, I am really pleased that this upgrade will benefit the Society, our visitors and the local area.” says Steve Hughson, Chief Executive of the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society.

“Ensuring businesses and homes in mid Wales have access to new technology advances is essential to keeping our local economy buoyant and our communities alive.”

Superfast Cymru, a partnership between the Welsh Government and BT, is an ambitious programme bringing fast fibre broadband to areas not covered by commercial roll-out, and which otherwise would not receive it. It aims to reach, when combined with commercial funded roll-outs, 96 per cent of properties in Wales by the end of Spring 2016, meaning that fibre based broadband will become available to more people more quickly than the rest of the UK.

Diary Marker: Monday, 21 July 4pm – Photo opportunity to highlight the availability of superfast broadband at the Royal Welsh showground. The Deputy Minister for Skills and Deputy Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries will be joined by Ann Beynon, Director BT Wales, and Steve Hughson, Chief Executive of the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society to unveil the cabinet which is providing fast fibre broadband to the show. Connecting the Llanelwedd showground to superfast broadband is the latest installation of the Superfast Cymru programme. Advantages of the faster internet speeds include the provision of free WiFi spots around the showground.

Location: Green cabinet between the RWS HQ, International Visitors pavilion and the bandstand.

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: http://imagelibrary.btplc.com/assetbank-btplc/action/browseItems?categoryId=597&categoryTypeId=1

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 BT
BT is one of the world’s leading providers of communications services and solutions, serving customers in more than 170 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to its customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband, TV and internet products and services; and converged fixed/mobile products and services. BT consists principally of five lines of business: BT Global Services, BT Business, BT Consumer, BT Wholesale and Openreach.
For the year ended 31 March 2014, BT Group’s reported revenue was £18,287m with reported profit before taxation of £2,312m.
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For more information, visit www.btplc.com.

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