The Welsh Government is getting very serious
about its broadband plans as it published the finalised version of
its Wales Infrastructure Investment Plan revealing
that it is going to invest a maximum of £400m into
boosting the country's broadband infrastructure.
The intention is to deploy superfast broadband (30Mbps or more) to
all of the Welsh businesses by 2016 and households by
The scheme is to ensure that 100 per cent of the country gets
access to high speed broadband and at least half to "ultra fast"
At the moment only 30 per cent of Wales has access to superfast
broadband and just under a fifth (19 per cent) is left with meagre
speeds of up to 2Mbps.
An extract from the Wales Infrastructure
Investment Plan (abbreviated WIIP) read that:
"We are seeking to ensure that all residential premises and all
businesses in Wales will have access to high speed broadband by
2015, with the ambition that at least half have access to ultra
fast broadband services.
"The total value of the Next Generation Broadband investment is
anticipated to be up to £400m, combining funding of around £57m
from UK Government and £70m from European sources with Welsh
Government funding in order to leverage significant investment from
the private sector."
Some of you might have noticed that the Welsh broadband deployment
plan looks a lot like the EU's Digital Agenda in
terms of its timeframe (both to be completed by 2020).