Wales to Join the 21st Century With Massive £425m Internet Pipe Fattening Scheme

By Gary Cutlack on at

People of Wales! Your time has come. BT has emerged as the very unsurprising victor in the not-really-a-battle to wire up Wales to the proper internet of the future, with some £425m set to be pumped into bringing Wales into the superfast fibre revolution.

The scheme will see BT aiming to hook up 96 per cent of Welsh homes and businesses users to fibre by the year 2015, which will see a mixture of FTTP and FTTC bring speeds of between 80Mbps and 330Mbps to the vast majority of the population.

The money to give all our Welsh readers better iPlayer speeds is coming from all over the place, with £220m already pledged by BT, £58m coming from the Welsh government, £57m from the BDUK development pot and a further £90m from the European Regional Development Fund. Everyone's chucked some change into the hat.

All of which should ensure that most of Wales ends up with average download speeds around 15 times faster than they are today. Now, what about Scotland? [BBC]

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