733,000 homes and businesses in Wales now connected to superfast broadband

Some 733,000 homes and business in Wales have been connected to superfast fibre broadband across Wales, as part of the Superfast Cymru rollout. The majority of properties can achieve speeds of at least 30Mb with around 16,000 still getting 24Mb or more.

The fibre rollout success means Wales now has the largest full fibre footprint within the UK.

Kim Mears, the Managing Director of Openreach, said:

“Wales can confidently claim to having better superfast broadband coverage than Germany, France, Spain and Italy, but we’re also mindful that some communities are still waiting to gain access to better connections. We’re more determined than any other business to reach these remaining areas and we’ll continue to offer a solution through our Community Fibre Partnership programme. We’re also committed to exploring the alternatives with Welsh Government to make decent broadband a reality for all.”

“Building fast and reliable broadband infrastructure is another step towards Wales becoming a truly united and connected nation. Thanks to this project, homes and businesses in some of the most rural parts of Wales now have fast and reliable connections that will support all manner of data-hungry services and applications, such as telehealth, virtual and augmented reality and smart home devices, for decades into the future.”

Openreach is continuing with its Fibre First full fibre rollout programme bringing ultrafast broadband to 3 million UK premises by 2020, 10 million by 2025 and potentially the majority of UK properties by 2033 – read about the Fibre First rollout

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