Welsh broadband scheme on track

fiber optical network cableThe superfast broadband scheme in Wales is on track to be completed by the end of this month.

Both BT and the Welsh Government have confirmed that the project will be able to deliver superfast services to 655,000 residential and business premises. The project aimed to deliver services to 96% of premises that had not been reached by the commercial roll-out. To date, more than 580,000 residential and business premises can take advantage of the services.

There had been some concern that the deadline was out of reach, but this was denied by Superfast Cymru. Part of the funding for the project was provided by the Welsh government, who put £205 million into the programme.

Some industry experts have said that the deadline cannot be met. The editor of thinkbroadband.com, Andrew Ferguson, has said that at the current rate of installation it cannot be met until the end of the year. The website believes that 88% of the country has now been reached, with the lowest completion rates in Cardiff and the highest in Blaenau Gwent.

The president of NFU Cymru, Stephen James, has said that the figures are not divided by urban and rural areas and if they were it would show that rural areas are missing out on the installation of residential and business broadband.

A joint statement from BT and the Welsh Government has indicated that the project is now looking at reaching the last few residential and business premises in Wales, so that no areas are left behind.