Over 42,000 more Welsh premises to receive superfast broadband

Over 42,000 more premises in Wales are set to receive a superfast broadband connection as the project is being extended to target additional areas that have been identified after the superfast rollout began.

Following the extension, the programme will now run until June 2017 to cover new builds and premises that were originally set for a superfast connection but had been deemed economically unviable.

£19 million of funding from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport the EU and BT are supporting the expansion.

Wales Office Minister Alun Cairns said: “This has been a priority for the UK Government and we have made significant process.

I am very pleased that over 40,000 more premises across Wales will now share in the benefits of superfast broadband – joining the nearly half a million homes and businesses in Wales that our project has already reached.

The UK Government will continue doing all it can to support this ambitious scheme and ensure that Wales doesn’t get left behind in the digital revolution.

BT Director for Wales Ann Beynon said: “Every day the internet is touching our lives in new and exciting ways, providing new opportunities to connect and communicate at home and in the workplace, which is why today marks another important development for Wales.”

Further to the announcement, the project is targeting a take up rate of 50% by 2024, current take up is 22% for those after availability of the service for over one year.

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