Wales aims 100% coverage, boosts superfast broadband project with extra £80 million

Tuesday, November 8th 2016

The Superfast Cymru project in Wales has got a shot in the arm with a public funding boost of 'up to' £80 million, announced by the Welsh Government. The next phase of the strategy comes after some £162 million of public funding has already been committed to build broadband infrastructure in Wales. To top it off, BT will be returning via the clawback/gainshare clauses, some £12.9 million for reinvestment. However, money is expected from the private sector too (most likely from BT) to be added to the £80 million, which will go to get better broadband coverage and to reach the 'hardest to reach' Welsh premises.


So far, the existing project has helped BT Openreach to cover 95% of Wales with FTTC/P services, but those premises that can actually access at speeds of 30+Mbps, is only about 90%. Apparently, the Superfast Cymru project is running somewhat behind schedule, considering the targets set in 2011. This has resulted in some criticism and the Welsh Government has responded with this new funding boost in the next phase of the flagship project to help rollout 'fast reliable' fibre broadband to 'every property' in Wales by 2020.


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