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The Welsh Government-funded Superfast Cymru project - designed to deliver fibre broadband across Wales - has got underway.

Welsh Government Business Minister Edwina Hart has unveiled the first fibre broadband cabinet in High Street, Bangor, signalling the start of the £425 million rollout programme.

Engineers will lay around 17,500km of optical fibre cable and install around 3,000 new fibre broadband cabinets in streets across the principality.

Ms Hart said the government is committed to ensuring properties across Wales have access to next-generation broadband.

"Superfast Cymru will transform the broadband landscape across Wales, making the country one of the most connected countries in Europe," she stated.

"High-speed broadband is essential to ensure residential properties [can] access the services and opportunities provided by digital technologies."

Ms Hart said access to next-generation broadband is also vital to businesses across Wales, helping them to become more efficient and competitive.

"This investment demonstrates our commitment to supporting the Welsh economy and investing in the infrastructure it needs to flourish," she noted.

The minister also said it is "heartening" to see the number of apprentices being employed through this project, providing "vital employment opportunities" for young people in difficult economic times.

Mike Galvin, Openreach Managing Director of Network Investment, said the firm had been working closely with the Welsh Government on the rollout initiative.

He noted that "a huge amount of preparation and planning" has gone into the rollout already.

"This investment will involve Openreach working in communities throughout Wales to make high speed fibre broadband a reality," Mr Galvin stated.

"It is an exciting time for this country and hugely important for everyone living and working here who needs a fast and reliable broadband service."

Bangor is among the first eight fibre broadband locations announced by the Welsh Government and BT.

Caernarfon, Dolgellau, Menai Bridge, Porthmadog, Pwllheli, Ebbw Vale and Tredegar are also set to receive super-fast broadband services in the coming weeks.

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