Connecting Wales

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

Monday: Read Lee Waters’ introduction to the IWA Wales Media Audit

Tuesday: See section 1 of the draft Wales Media Audit in full here. 

Yesterday: Read the Wales Media Audit’s findings on Radio in full. 

Today: See the Wales Media Audit’s findings on internet. 

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.

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