More funding could reach some of Wales’ more rural parts that are still struggling to receive superfast broadband. £56 Million has been announced to be set aside as the UK government wants 95% of the UK to have access to superfast broadband speeds by the end of the year.
Whilst the Welsh Government target is 96% and a lot of progress has been made across the country, not all are feeling the benefits of fast internet speeds, affecting not only consumers but also businesses who wish to compete nationally and globally. The scheme whilst delivering success has often been in the spotlight for failing to hit its deadlines for completion with BT previously saying delivering access to the 40,000 properties was being delayed by the challenges of installing fibre optic cables.
Seven of the UK’s top 20 worst performing parliamentary constituencies are in Wales, according to report by the British Infrastructure Group. Carmarthen East and Dinefwr had the slowest broadband connections in Wales, ranking fifth overall.
Wales Office Minister Guto Bebb quoted on the BBC News website said: “Providing access to reliable, high speed broadband is probably the single most important thing we can do to ensure the sustainability of our rural communities and businesses. We know there is more to be done.”
The Daily Post recently cited that a better approach was needed overall with Mike Learmond, FSB North Wales Development Manager, saying: “Whilst customers that have benefitted from upgrades to service are seeing the difference, the fact remains that not all businesses are seeing an improved service. “We need a much better overall approach to digital connectivity which can work to address gaps across networks and providers. For example, it is frustrating for businesses that may have access to superfast broadband, but no mobile phone signal or 4G capability when they leave the office.”
Initial research carried out by Cardiff University shows that take up of superfast broadband had a positive impact on businesses, along with investing in IT and digital skills. A second survey is due to be carried out and Superfast Business Wales is calling on businesses to take part.
Cited on the Business Wales Website, Professor Max Munday, who leads the research in his role as director of the Welsh Economy Research Unit (WERU) at Cardiff University, said:
“Every business, no matter how large or small, can gain commercial benefits from superfast enabled digital technologies. Our mission is to support the hard-working and dedicated organisations to not only show the opportunities available, but guide them through how to use the technology to benefit their business.”
Airefibre and Ultra-fast Broadband
We are committed to help drive fast internet access for all in Wales. Whilst we are still covering Cardiff and the surrounding area at this present moment, our engineers are working closely with partners, councils, landowners and others to start broadcasting ultra-fast broadband to rural areas. We also recently partnered up with the Radisson Blu in the centre of Cardiff, meaning our transmitters are now on top of their 63 Metre tower, giving us a wider reach not only in the city but also in a 30 mile radius.
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