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Superfast Cymru to bring broadband to 100,000

A project to provide rural parts of Wales with fibre broadband has upgraded 57 towns and communities. The Superfast Cymru project will improve access to high speed internet for 100,000 homes and businesses by the end of the year, the Government announced.

Launched last year, the project with BT aims to help improve broadband connection to 96% of Wales by 2016. BT is also creating 100 new apprenticeships during the course of the work to boost skills and employment.

Ken Skates, deputy minister for skills and technology, said: “I cannot emphasise just how important it is for businesses, in particular, to have access to fast, reliable broadband services to enhance their productivity and support their infrastructure.

“Since we launched Superfast Cymru a huge amount of planning and engineering work has taken place to connect our homes and businesses. Clearly, there is still a long way to go before we reach our 2016 target, but I’m delighted to hear that companies are already reporting improvements in their connectivity.

“I’m also very pleased to see that BT is well on its way to delivering on its promise to create 100 new apprenticeships and 900 work experience opportunities. This is great news for young people across Wales and gives them a foothold in the rapidly expanding telecommunications industry.”

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