We want everyone to be able to access superfast broadband. This is key for Wales to become a truly digital nation.
Our Superfast Cymru project transformed the digital landscape of Wales with the vast majority of premises across the country now able to access a fast fibre broadband service. We delivered this in partnership with BT using public sector funding. This project included funding from the European Regional Development Fund.
Superfast Cymru provided almost 733,000 premises across Wales with access to fast fibre broadband and, as a result of this work, superfast broadband coverage has more than doubled in Wales.
We were clear from the outset that some premises would not receive access to superfast broadband through this project. We are committed to building on the success of Superfast Cymru by connecting more homes through other interventions, however, we will only intervene where the private sector has no plans to do so.
A range of solutions will be needed to meet the unique challenges presented by Wales’ topography and to provide value for money for the public purse.
We have already delivered high speed wireless broadband to numerous business parks and industrial estates and have a number of grant schemes and projects that support individuals, businesses and communities to find innovative solutions to connectivity.