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More than half of all homes and businesses in Wales can now access super-fast broadband, BT has claimed.

The broadband provider reported that 55 per cent of premises are within reach of its fibre network, which is continuing to extend across the country.

Approximately 800,000 homes and businesses have been passed by its fibre network and can connect to a super-fast broadband deal via a BT street cabinet.

Some of these properties - particularly those based in the major urban areas - have benefited from BT's commercial rollout of fibre services.

Others have the opportunity to improve their connectivity as a result of the ongoing Superfast Cymru programme, which is being co-funded by the public and private sectors.

The Welsh Government is aiming to extend super-fast broadband coverage to 96 per cent of Wales by the end of spring 2016.

Bill Murphy, BT’s Managing Director for Next-Generation Access, commented that BT's fibre rollout has reached "an important milestone".

“More than half of homes and businesses across Wales are now able to trade, market, video conference, game or watch TV using high-speed fibre broadband, and this number is increasing every week," he noted.

"We’re looking forward to bringing this life-changing technology to much more of Wales over the next couple of years."

Communication Minister Ed Vaizey said it is "fantastic" that so many homes and businesses in Wales can now take advantage of super-fast broadband.

"We are on track to deliver access to super-fast speeds to 95 per cent of the UK by 2017," he noted. "This transformation of our digital landscape will provide a huge boost to the Welsh economy."

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