Local Homes and Businesses Benefit from Superfast Cymru

A Welsh Labour Government scheme has provided almost 30,000 premises in Wrexham with access to fast fibre broadband.

Superfast Cymru is ending after 5 years and Wrexham’s Assembly Member, Lesley Griffiths, has praised it impact.

Over 29,000 of the premises in Wrexham can achieve ‘superfast’ speeds of at least 30Mbps (megabits per second), with the remainder achieving speeds of at least 24Mbps.

Across Wales, almost 733,000 premises now have access to fast fibre broadband with over 717,000 achieving superfast speeds of 30Mbps.

None of the 733,000 premises would have received access to fast fibre broadband without the intervention of Superfast Cymru, a partnership between the Welsh Government, Openreach, European Regional Development Fund and UK Government.

Over half of all homes and businesses across Wales now with access to fast fibre broadband have it as a direct result of Superfast Cymru, which could only target areas where commercial companies had no plans to develop the infrastructure.  When combined with commercial rollout, it results in the vast majority of premises in Wales accessing the latest technology.

The Welsh Government has outlined a new £80m programme which will target the remaining, more rural areas of the country.

Lesley Griffiths AM said: “Latest figures show superfast broadband is currently available to around 94% of premises in Wales and Superfast Cymru has played a significant role in achieving this outcome.”

“Clearly, things are not perfect and there is still work to be done which is why the Welsh Government has announced a new programme.  However, we can still be proud of what Superfast Cymru has achieved in helping Wales obtain vastly-improved broadband coverage.”