The Welsh Assembly has named another 66 communities in its superfast broadband rollout, including Monmouthshire, Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Conwy. which bringing in an extra 500,000 homes and businesses. Additionally, work will begin on 35 exchange areas earlier than had been thought originally.
“By the time Superfast Cymru is completed in 2016 Wales will be one of the most connected countries in the world. It is a huge undertaking with 3,000 green roadside cabinets to be installed and around 17,500kms of optical fibre cable to be laid. The sheer scale of the programme means not everyone can receive it at the same time but today’s announcement shows how we are moving ahead toward our goal of providing 96 per cent of premises in Wales with access to superfast broadband,” said Ken Skates, Welsh deputy minister for skills and technology.
The 100,000 homes and businesses already using fibre broadband in Wales are reporting speeds of up to 61Mbps – up to three times the national average.
While areas within 1km of the new streetside fibre cabinets can expect speeds of more than 30Mbps, those further away will receive a minimum of 2Mbps.
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