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Wales Reveals First 8 Areas for its GBP425m BT Broadband Upgrade

Friday, Feb 22nd, 2013 (1:10 pm) - Score 1,792

The Welsh Government has today announced the first 8 locations to benefit from its part publicly funded £425m roll-out of superfast broadband ISP services across Wales (UK), which initially aims to make internet download speeds of up to 80Mbps available to 96% of Welsh premises by the end of 2015.

The Superfast Cymru project (not to be confused with Wispa’s Superfarce Cymru spoof site) kicked off this week after BT installed its first state aid supported FTTC street cabinet in the city of Bangor (North West Wales), which will “serve hundreds of homes and businesses in the area“. Sadly locals will need to wait until the network goes live during early spring 2013 before they can benefit.

The First 8 Roll-Out Locations in Wales
Bangor
Caernarfon
Dolgellau
Menai Bridge
Porthmadog
Pwllheli
Ebbw Vale
Tredegar

As part of the effort BT confirmed that it intended to recruit 100 new apprentices, many of whom will work alongside existing engineers to lay the 17,500km of fibre optic cable and 3,000 new street cabinets required to complete the project.

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