£57million of UK Government funding invested in 'Superfast Cymru'
Following significant government investment of over £50 million, another 151 towns and villages in Wales will get high speed fibre broadband as part of the multi-million pound Superfast Cymru project.
The UK Government has invested £57 million pounds in the Superfast Cymru project which will deliver fibre based broadband to 96% of homes and businesses in Wales by the end of 2015.
The 151 towns and villages spanning the length and breadth of Wales will join another 120 communities that are set to benefit from world class broadband speeds of up to 80Mbps by the end of 2015.
It is a reminder of the massive contribution to economic growth that the UK Government’s nationwide roll-out of broadband continues to make.
Secretary of State for Wales, David Jones said:
This Government is putting the provision of reliable high-speed internet at the heart of its economic growth agenda.
We know that the internet is a fundamental part of our economy and we need to ensure that the whole of Wales has a broadband network fit for the digital age.
By 2015, we will have achieved a truly remarkable transformation in broadband provision in Wales. Speeds will be dramatically faster, and both fixed and mobile superfast broadband will be widespread. We will have transformed connectivity in the majority of Welsh rural communities.
This project is a prime example of how money from the UK Government can be combined with other funding to deliver for the people of Wales. It is this combination of firepower that will deliver the infrastructure investments and improvements that Wales so desperately needs.
NOTES TO EDITORS
*Further details of the scheme in Wales are available on the Superfast Cymru website http://www.superfast-wales.com/home
*For further information, please contact the Wales Office Communications Team on 029 2092 4204/ 020 7270 0565.
*Central Government, through Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) has provided £57 million and the Welsh Government is contributing £58 million to the Superfast Cymru project.
*The initiative will take the total amount invested in Welsh fibre broadband to around £425 million when BT’s commercial investment is also taken into account. BT is investing approximately £220 million in Welsh fibre broadband with most of that going towards the Superfast Cymru project. Central Government, through Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) has provided £57 million and the Welsh Government is contributing £58 million.
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