Ofcom’s 12th annual Communications Market report (launched 6th August) has stated that the surge in the availability of superfast broadband and the take-up of internet in Wales is largely due to the roll-out of the Superfast Cymru programme.
- According to the report Wales has the highest availability of superfast broadband of any of the devolved nations, with nearly four in five (79%) of premises in Wales now capable of receiving superfast broadband at speeds of 30Mbit/s, an increase of 24% from 2014.
- The report also found that Wales has the highest take-up of broadband, leaping ahead of Scotland and Northern Ireland. The statistics show that:
o Internet take-up has increased in Wales to 86% of households between 2014-2015.
o This was a rise of 6% on 2014.
o The take-up in Wales is 6% higher than Scotland and 8% above Northern Ireland.
- Rhodri Williams, Ofcom’s Director in Wales, said: It is encouraging to see that Wales is on the front foot in rolling out fibre broadband and more importantly that consumers in Wales are realising the benefits of superfast services”. He went on to say that public funding to roll out the Superfast Cymru programme across Wales had “transformed” the picture.
- Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology, Julie James AM, released a statement highlighting the value of the joint venture between BT and the Welsh Government stating that: “Fast and reliable internet connections are vital. That is why the Welsh Government is committed, through the Superfast Cymru programme, to bring faster broadband across Wales. The programme has made tremendous progress and I’m very pleased the latest Ofcom Communications Market Report has highlighted this today showing that 79% of premises are now capable of accessing superfast broadband. Superfast Cymru is a challenging programme, with BT engineers often working in difficult conditions, but it is delivering results.”
- Wales Office Minister Alun Cairns MP also praised the Superfast Cymru programme saying: “Superfast broadband is transforming lives and business across the country and boosting the Welsh economy by creating jobs and driving growth. This has been a priority for the UK Government since 2010 and I am delighted that businesses and families in wales are responding to the opportunities the digital economy provides. Infrastructure investment like this is making a real difference to our competitiveness. I hope more homes and businesses across the country sign up and share in the benefits.”