The £11.5million increase in full fiber broadband for Welsh utilities

More than 600 utilities in North Wales, South East Wales and Pembrokeshire can now access higher internet speeds thanks to an £11.5million leveling fund from the UK government.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said it has connected full fiber broadband to 620 sites across Wales as part of Westminster’s scheme to improve public services.

The rollout is the largest public sector broadband project in Wales.

It is hoped that commercial broadband providers will be incentivized to upgrade surrounding homes and businesses using the government-funded gigabit network – a cheaper and faster alternative to building the network from scratch.

Local services, including hospitals, police stations, libraries and nursing homes, can now access internet speeds in excess of one gigabit (1,000 megabits) per second.

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Full fiber broadband has been rolled out in the Cardiff Capital Region, Pembrokeshire and North Wales through the Local Full Fiber Networks (LFFN) programme.

A total of 166 public sites have been connected in the Cardiff capital region.

In Pembrokeshire, 68 public sites have been connected, while in North Wales full fiber has been rolled out to 311 public buildings in areas including Betws-y-Coed, Rhyl and Llandudno.

An additional 75 utilities in rural areas near Welshpool, Bangor and St Davids have also been connected to full fiber broadband through RGC (Rural Gigabit Connectivity) hubs.

Secretary of State for Wales, Simon Hart, said: “Every day more and more public services are delivered online. The UK Government’s investment of £11.5 million to improve connectivity means the public will have better access to these services which will be faster and more efficient.

The £11.5million investment comes on top of the UK Government’s Gigabit Project, the £5billion scheme to bring better broadband to rural homes and businesses in Wales and the UK. United.

Last year, ministers announced that up to 234,000 rural premises in Wales could benefit from a broadband upgrade under the scheme.