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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


Wales 'leaps ahead in superfast broadband availability'

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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.

– Rhodri Williams, Ofcom’s Director in Wales.

Wales 'hits 1million fibre broadband milestone'

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It's been announced more than a million households and businesses across Wales can now connect to high-speed fibre broadband.

The milestone has been achieved through BT's commercial fibre roll-out and Superfast Cymru, the partnership between the Welsh Government, UK Government the European Union and BT.

The 1m total includes more than 130,000 premises in Cardiff, 90,000 in Swansea and 50,000 in both Newport and Wrexham.

Welsh Government: We are working to make Wales 'one of the most connected countries in the world'

A street in Wales and another in Essex have been declared the slowest in the UK for broadband speeds in a new report.

The research, carried out by online comparison site, found Erw Fawr in Henryd, Conwy had an average download speed of 0.60 megabytes per second - 30 times slower than the UK national average.

Two other Welsh streets also made it on to the list of the slowest in the UK.

The good news is that Erw Fawr in Henryd, Conwy is included in our roll-out plans to receive fast fibre broadband under the Superfast Cymru programme.

Superfast Cymru, a partnership between the Welsh Government and BT, is the largest of its kind in the UK. It is working to achieve, when combined with commercial roll-outs, the Welsh Government's aim of providing 96% of premises in Wales with access to fast fibre broadband by the end of Spring 2016.

– Welsh Government spokesperson

Three Welsh streets among worst in UK for slow broadband speeds

Broadband speeds in Erw Fawr, Conwy are 30 times slower than the UK average Credit: PA

Three Welsh streets have been identified as having some of the slowest broadband speeds in the UK, according to the latest consumer speed test data.

On the list are:

• Erw Fawr, Henryd, Conwy

• Maesceinion, Waun Fawr, Aberystwyth

• Llantarnam Road, Cwmbran

With an average download speed of just 0.60 megabytes per second, Erw Fawr in Conwy has the slowest broadband in Britain.

It's in joint first place with a road in Essex.

According to the research, which is based on almost two million speed tests run by broadband users over a six month period, only 15% of Brits are enjoying broadband of 30 megabytes per second or higher - the speed classified by the EU as 'superfast.'

The fastest broadband can be found in Derbyshire, where homeowners are receiving average speeds of 96 times faster than that in Erw Fawr.

A Welsh Government spokesperson said Erw Fawr is included in roll-out plans under the Superfast Cymru programme.


EE "superfast" 4G speeds to double

Average speeds at the moment are 8Mbps - 12Mbps Credit: Jan Haas/DPA/Press Association Images

Cardiff is to be one of ten UK cities to get "superfast" 4G broadband services, according to provider EE.

Average speeds at the moment of between 8Mbps and 12Mbps will rise to 20Mbps.

The service, due to be rolled out in the Summer, is expected to let users surf the web more quickly on mobile phones.

95% 4G broadband coverage for Wales 'by the end of 2017'

The popularity of smartphones has driven demand for data over mobile networks Credit: Press Association

Included in today's 4G spectrum auction results is an obligation for one provider to make sure at least 98% of the UK population can access mobile broadband speeds within five years.

Winning bidder Telefónica UK Ltd won the 800Mhz allocation, which means it will have to cover at least 95% of the population of each of the UK nations – England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales - by the end of 2017.

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