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Almost half a million more homes and businesses in Wales can now get superfast broadband, according to new figures out today.
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.
The UK Government says 480,00 homes and businesses in Wales now have access to superfast broadband.
Across Britain the figure is 3 million.
Last week Ofcom said Wales has the highest availability of superfast broadband of any of the devolved nations.
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Ofcom says Wales has the highest availability of superfast broadband of any of the devolved nations.
It says nearly four in five premises in Wales are now capable of receiving superfast broadband at speeds of 30Mbit/s. That is up by a quarter from last year.
The surge in these figures is largely due to the roll-out of the Superfast Cymru programme across Wales
It is encouraging to see that Wales is on the front foot in rolling out fibre broadband and more importantly that consumers in Wales are realising the benefits of superfast services.
We’ve come a long way since the first cabinet in the UK was connected to superfast broadband in Whitchurch, Cardiff in 2009.
However, there remains more work to be done to ensure that Wales becomes a truly digital nation.
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NFU Cymru has launched the first farmer-focused broadband and mobile phone survey in a bid to inform its work on getting an efficient service rolled out in rural areas.
The union says it is essential the business needs and opportunities of the farming sector are understood, especially at a time when farm businesses rely more and more on broadband and mobile phone signals.
This is a hugely important survey, our member experience will prove invaluable for identifying both the barriers and technological solutions for the delivery of fast, reliable and affordable mobile phone signals and broadband on farm
The money will go towards a 'centre of excellence' in Cardiff.
£4.5m of EU funds has been announced to help Cardiff University develop a leading centre of excellence for brain research.
The new CUBRIC (Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre) building will enable researchers to test new ideas and theories.
It could lead to a better understanding of the causes of a range of health conditions, including dementia, schizophrenia and multiple sclerosis.
The EU funds through the Welsh Government will support the construction works of the new £44m state-of-the-art facility based at Maindy Park.
This is another excellent example of how EU funds are supporting growth in the Welsh economy, helping our academic institutions to attract further competitive and private research investments and position Wales as a global leader in ground-breaking research and innovation.
The Welsh Government says the expansion of CUBRIC is expected to generate up to £22m in additional research investments over the coming years, enabling further collaboration to combat diseases that affect the brain.
CUBRIC’s pairing of world-leading technology with an extremely talented set of researchers will help to understand differences in normal brain function and the causes of conditions such as dementia, schizophrenia, and multiple sclerosis. Ultimately, this information will lead to the development of better treatments.
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