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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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4G mobile auction winners announced by Ofcom

Ofcom has announced the five phone operators that have won the 4G licenses - permits to run mobile networks at the kind of speed you get from your home broadband.

The winning companies are:

  • Everything Everywhere Ltd.
  • Hutchison 3G UK Ltd.
  • Niche Spectrum Ventures Ltd (a subsidiary of BT Group plc).
  • Telefónica UK Ltd.
  • Vodafone Ltd.

£39 million for broadband in schools

The First Minister also used his monthly news conference to announce £39 million of investment for improve broadband provision for schools in Wales.

'Teaching and learning in Welsh schools will be transformed' due to the investment, the Welsh Government says. 'The new Leaning in Digital Wales Grant will ensure that learners able to access faster, high-quality broadband services which are both robust and reliable.'

It means an initial £27 million for councils to upgrade internet connections in their schools. Where it's needed, councils will also be able to give primary and special schools £10,000 - and secondary schools £20,000 - to improve ICT infrastructure and purchase ICT hardware.

We want Wales to be a world leader in digital learning, therefore we need to be able to offer our schools fast, consistent and reliable broadband services

This investment will ensure that, by 2014, primary and secondary schools in Wales will have access to safe and secure world-class broadband services needed to deliver a world-class digital education.

The grant funding represents a major step forward in changing the way schools use digital technologies, widening access and driving up standards of performance across the board.

– Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister

New mobile internet is 'five times faster than 3G'

The next generation of mobile internet has gone on sale for the first time in Wales. 4G is said to be five times faster than the existing 3G service - which currently drives smartphones.

Cardiff is one of 11 trial sites across the UK. But with many other parts of Wales still struggling to get an internet connection of any sort, our reporer David Wood has been looking at how useful it will be.

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