SUPERFAST broadband is coming to the Welsh borders as a pioneering multi-million pound scheme moves forward.
The Welsh Government’s £425m Superfast Cymru programme is on track to bring top internet speeds to 96 per cent of homes and businesses across the country by Summer 2016, with the aim of making Wales the best-connected country in the world.
As part of this Chirk and the Ceiriog Valley will be able to access the network from March next year.
Welcoming the news, Ken Skates, AM for Clwyd South, said: “Superfast Cymru is the biggest partnership of its kind anywhere in the UK and is being led by the Welsh Labour Government and BT, bringing high-speed broadband to almost every property in Wales.
“We are investing record sums in North Wales, including the border areas, as we work to become the best-connected country on the planet.
“Broadband speeds delivered by this programme are three times faster than the UK average and by the end of the Summer all secondary schools will have speeds of 100mbps.
“It is particularly pleasing to see our pioneering project paying dividends in my own constituency and across North Wales, with many areas already connected or due to join the superfast network over the coming months. By the Summer of 2016 Wales will be better connected than almost every other country on the planet.”
Mr Skates added that Superfast Cymru is also well ahead of the schemes elsewhere in Britain, commenting: “This is a massive logistical undertaking, involving 17,500kms of optic fibre being laid. That’s enough to stretch from my constituency office in Llangollen to Sydney, Australia.
“However, by this time next year we will have treble the number of premises in North Wales which have access to superfast broadband. Soon Wales will be in the superfast lane, while great swathes of England bumble along far behind.”