- Posted by: Mike Hedges MS
- Category: Press Releases
SUPERFAST BROADBAND AVAILABILITY GROWS IN WALES
Swansea East AM Mike Hedges has welcomed the latest Ofcom Communications Market Report which highlights the progress of superfast broadband in Wales.
Mike said.. I welcome this news that Superfast Broadband is becoming more available in Wales; I have asked questions at the Assembly and directly to BT concerning parts of Swansea East, including Llansamlet and Birchgrove, which have yet to get access to fast internet speeds. Fast broadband speeds are essential for small and medium sized business to grow their business; it is also an increasingly important consideration for people when they purchase houses.’
The report finds that Wales has the highest availability of superfast broadband of any of the devolved nations, with nearly four in five (79%) of premises now able to access it. Fixed broadband take-up and internet take-up are also up, along with tablet ownership among adults.
Ofcom concludes that the increase is largely due to the roll-out of the Superfast Cymru programme – the partnership between Welsh Labour Government, BT and the UK Government which is bringing superfast broadband to areas which would otherwise not receive it.