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Wales set for 96% fibre optic coverage by Spring 2016

Every telephone exchange in Wales is to get work to bring superfast broadband to even more towns and villages across Wales with work due to be started in them all by the end of September 2015.

There are many areas that will have the work started before September 2015 and these include Aberdaron in Gwynedd, Capel Curig and Dolgarrog in Conwy, Brechfa in Carmarthenshire and Skenfrith in Monmouthshire. This will mean that these places will join the other areas of Wales where fibre optic broadband has already been switched on or will be due to.

The announcement of the plans came from The Welsh Government and BT last week as part of the Superfast Cymru programme. The aim is that by Spring 2016 that 96% of premises there will be able to connect to superfast fibre optic broadband if they want to, making it one of the most well connected countries in Europe.

The project is being funded by the Welsh Government, the UK Government and the European Development Fund to the tune of £205m between them and the remaining £220m of funding is coming from BT.

Currently there are around 230,000 homes and businesses in Wales that are able to connect to fibre broadband if they wish as part of the Superfast Cymru project. The project will see around 17,500kms of fibre optic cable being installed and 3,000 of the new roadside cabinets.

BT Director for Wales, Ann Beynon, said:

“This is big news for Wales as people will now know when work will start for every single telephone exchange in Wales.”

“It’s probably the biggest engineering programme Wales has seen in the last ten years with the potential to improve the lives of individuals, families and businesses across Wales.

“Through BT’s own commercial roll-out and now with Superfast Cymru we are taking world class speeds the length and breadth of Wales.”

To check the coverage map for Wales for those that already have access to fibre, visit www.superfast-cymru.com/where-and-when.
The areas that are set to have work installing fibre optic before the end of September 2015 are:

  • Gwynedd: Aberdaron
  • Conwy: Capel Curig, Dolgarrog, Dolwen, Llanfairtalhaiarn, Llangernyw, Penmachno, Pentrefoelas
  • Denbighshire:, Llannefydd, Nantglyn,
  • Carmarthenshire: Brechfa, Dryslwyn, Gwynfe, Madox, Rhandirmwyn
  • Flintshire: Saughall
  • Monmouthshire: Crucorney, Dingestow, Ponrilas, Shirenewton, Skenfrith, Tintern, Trelleck, Wolvesnewton
  • Pembrokeshire: Angle, Castle Martin, Clarbeston, Cynghordy, Llanteg, Llawhaden, Maenclochog, Martletwy, Puncheston, Rhos,
  • Powys: Beguildy, Llananno, Llangunllo, Llanwddyn, Painscastle, Pantydwr
  • Vale of Glamorgan: St Nicholas
  • Wrexham: Llanarmon Dyffryn-Ceiriog