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Up to £80 million (€89.8m) is planned to be invested in Wales’ next superfast broadband scheme, to help ensure every property in the country is able to access fast reliable broadband by 2020, Minister for Skills and Science Julie James has announced.
The scheme will be a successor to the flagship Superfast Cymru project which has already brought high-speed broadband to nearly 614,000 premises in Wales and is forecast to deliver over 100,000 further premises before if closes in 2017.
Since 2012 the Welsh Government has invested over £162 million of public funding in broadband infrastructure in Wales, and will invest a further £62 million over the final year. An additional £12.9 million from gain-share is also planned to be invested to extend the reach of Superfast Cymru next year.
In order to reach those few premises not reached by Superfast Cymru or commercial rollout an Open Market review is due to take place in November to establish premises by premises where superfast broadband is available. This will then inform the next scheme with delivery beginning in January 2018.