The third section of the IWA’s draft Wales Media Audit, which looks at internet and broadband.
Since the last media audit took place in 2008, the availability and take-up of internet and broadband in Wales has changed drastically.
IWA Wales Media Audit
In July 2012, The Welsh Government signed an agreement with BT, following a public tender process, for the delivery of superfast broadband to 96% of premises in Wales by spring 2016, with a minimum speed of 24 Mbit/s. A significant number of premises will be able to access speeds in excess of 30 Mbit/s and at least 40% of premises within the intervention area2 will benefit from speeds in excess of 100 Mbit/s. The £425 million project is funded by a £220 million investment by BT along with a total public sector investment of £205 million, which includes European Structural Funding of £89.5 million, (£80 million of which is Convergence funding) UK Government funding of £56.9 million and Welsh Government funding of £58.6 million.
As a result of Broadband penetration including mobile and fixed access has almost doubled between 2006 and 2015, going from 42% to 78%. Superfast Broadband access in Wales remains slightly below the UK average of 83%.
You can read the full section on internet and broadband here. Let us know what you think about the Draft Wales Media Audit by emailing [email protected], ahead of the Cardiff Media Summit on November 11th.