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Powys powers towards 60 percent superfast broadband coverage

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

Superfast broadband is now available to more than 57 per cent of homes and businesses in Powys thanks to Superfast Cymru - and work is continuing to reach more communities, Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology Julie James has said.
Thursday 24 March 2016

The Superfast Cymru roll-out has already resulted in most households and businesses in local exchange areas such as Carno, Tregynon, New Radnor, Builth Wells, Llanidloes and Rhayader having access to superfast speeds. Rhayader has 86 per cent coverage, Llanidloes 78 per cent and Builth Wells more than 61 per cent.

Superfast Cymru, a partnership between the Welsh Government and BT, brings superfast broadband to areas which would otherwise not receive it.  The programme is also backed by the European Regional Development Fund and Broadband Delivery UK.

In total, more than 38,000 households and businesses across Powys can now place an order for superfast broadband – not a single property had access to fibre broadband in March 2014.

Engineers from BT’s local network business, Openreach, continue to connect more and more premises every day, often in challenging conditions. The plans include superfast broadband being rolled out to communities such as Llanano, Llangunllo, Merthyr Cynog, Painscastle, Glasbury, Llyswen and many more.

Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology Julie James said:

“Superfast Cymru is delivering access to superfast broadband for many communities in Wales, including in Powys, where no rollout of the technology would have happened otherwise.

“Powys has a large rural area which presents challenges with the rollout of superfast broadband and the scale and complexity should not be underestimated.

“I’m pleased more than 57 per cent of homes and businesses can now access faster online speeds should they wish to do so. Engineers are working to reach as many premises as they can and more communities will benefit as the rollout continues.”

The Superfast Cymru programme is a huge undertaking that will involve Openreach engineers laying 17,500 kms of optical fibre cable, installing around 3,000 new green roadside cabinets and sees, on average, more than 100 households and businesses getting access to superfast broadband across Wales every hour.

To find out whether they can receive superfast broadband households and
businesses can visit

If households and businesses are able to receive superfast broadband it will not happen automatically and they should contact their Internet Service Provider (ISP) to change from conventional broadband.  

The Welsh Government also provides grants for businesses to have Ultrafast broadband with up to £10,000 available for the installation of the services.  Homes and businesses which cannot receive superfast broadband through Superfast Cymru can also receive grants to have superfast broadband in other ways, such as satellite.  

Further details on these schemes are available on:



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Science and technology 24 March 2016 Mid Wales North Wales

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