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Superfast broadband reaches across Neath Port Talbot

This press release was published under the 2011 - 2016 Welsh government

Work to bring faster internet speeds to homes and businesses is now taking place in every telephone exchange area in Neath Port Talbot thanks to the Superfast Cymru programme, Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology Julie James announced today.
Monday 18 May 2015

The latest communities to benefit are Skewen and Resolven where engineering work is now taking place and the first cabinets have already started going ‘live’, enabling people to order superfast broadband.  

All 12 exchange areas in the local authority area now have engineers from BT’s local network business, Openreach, connecting premises to faster broadband speeds. Work will now be ongoing in the area to bring superfast broadband to even more homes and businesses.

Superfast Cymru, a partnership between the Welsh Government, UK Government, the European Regional Development Fund and BT, is rolling out superfast  broadband to areas which would otherwise not receive it.  

The Deputy Minister said:

“This is good news for Neath Port Talbot as work is now taking place across the local authority, bringing superfast broadband to premises in every exchange area.

“The Superfast Cymru programme is making excellent progress in bringing fast fibre across Wales, often in difficult and challenging conditions.  The programme also highlights the benefits of European funding to Wales and is an example of how this funding is making a real difference on the ground.”

Ed Hunt, Superfast Cymru programme director for BT, said:

“This is fantastic news for the people living and working in Neath Port Talbot.

“We have completed more than 75% of our roll out across the local authority. Now that the network is well on its way to being completed I would urge homes and businesses to place their order with an internet service provider so that they can start taking advantage of these new superfast speeds.”

So far, more than 425,000 homes and businesses have access to fibre broadband in Wales as a result of the Superfast Cymru programme.

Funding of £205m has been provided by the Welsh Government, the UK Government and the European Regional Development Fund, with BT contributing a further £220m to deliver fibre across Wales via its commercial rollout and the Superfast Cymru programme.

Households and businesses which want to take advantage of the benefits of fast fibre broadband should contact an internet service provider (ISP) of their choice to place an order.

Information about the rollout is published on the Superfast Cymru website (www.superfast-cymru.com) including a coverage map which provides details of rollout plans looking approximately 12 months ahead.  

 

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