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300,000 Homes and Business benefit from Superfast Cymru

Four out of five UK properties can now access superfast speeds, according to the UK Government’s announcement today.

On the face of it the UK Governments BDUK scheme has certainly delivered the goods in terms of speeding up the process of getting fibre broadband to the UK fairly quickly, however the difference between having access to, and actually experiencing superfast broadband remains a contentious issue.

The Welsh Government ‘aims to make fibre available to 96 per cent of premises in Wales by Spring 2016’.  Some commentators suggest that this figure is likely to missed. Think Broadband estimate that 10.4% of properties (that is about 170,000) in Wales will not get Superfast Broadband (24Mbs).

That said  issue that needs to be highlighted and understood is that access to fibre doesn’t necessarily mean that end users will be able to enjoy the benefits of faster Broadband.

Ofcom report that Wales is catching up

Ofcom report that broadband coverage is ‘catching up’ in Wales but still lags behind England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

BT claim that they are making great progress with the Superfast Cymru upgrade programme, passing more than 5,000 premises per week.   However independent industry analysts such as Think Broadband argue that the Superfast Cymru roll-out will will undershoot its 96% target (roughly 700,000 premises) and only achieve 80% coverage by final completion of the project in 2016.

The Welsh Government are clearly aware of the limitations of Superfast Cymru project and are currently consulting with suppliers to take part in the Superfast Cymru ‘infill’ programme.

In the meantime the Ofcom report can be seen here.