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£12.5 million announced for superfast broadband

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A new £12.5 million programme has been announced by the Welsh Government to make sure businesses across Wales 'maximise the benefits of superfast broadband.'

It says Wales already leads the way among the UK’s devolved nations with with 79 per cent of premises now able to access it.

Now it hopes a five-year programme will help small and medium sized businesses adopt and exploit superfast broadband services.

It follows projects in Gwynedd, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Swansea and Blaenau Gwent.

We are making tremendous progress in bringing superfast broadband across Wales. To reap the maximum economic benefit from this investment it is simply not enough for businesses to take-up superfast broadband.

To take full advantage of the superfast enabled technologies businesses need to use them to change and improve the way they work.It is not just about doing things quicker, it is about doing things smarter.

– Julie James AM, Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology

30 new jobs for Bridgend

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The Welsh Government has announced 30 new jobs are being created at Sony's Bridgend operation.

A new Digital Media Content Management division is being developed at its site in Pencoed. It will convert video and media content to a digital format for publication across a growing range of platforms.

Sony UKTEC, one of our anchor companies, makes a significant contribution to the Welsh economy and it’s great news that it is expanding and diversifying and I am delighted that Welsh Government support helped secure this investment for Pencoed.

– Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister


Superfast broadband reaches more homes across Wales

Almost half a million more homes and businesses in Wales can now get superfast broadband, according to new figures out today.

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More than four out of five UK premises already have access to 'superfast' speeds - which is greater than 24 Mbps.

The Welsh Government says introducing a high speed broadband infrastructure to rural areas on this scale has been an 'immense engineering task.

Its programme, Superfast Cymru, will deploy around 7,500km of fibre optic cable which is enough to travel the perimeter of Wales 330 times.

With the highest availability of superfast broadband among the devolved nations, more homes and businesses than ever before now have access to superfast broadband - revitalising the way we communicate, shop, bank and work.

– Alun Cairns, Wales Office Minister
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