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More than 275,000 homes and businesses in Wales now have access to super-fast fibre broadband, it has been revealed.

The £425 million Superfast Cymru project has brought next-generation services within reach of 276,320 premises across the country.

This is up from 190,393 in June, as fibre rollout work continues in the Welsh countryside.

Julie James, Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology in the Welsh Government, said the deployment programme has reached "a significant milestone".

"This is great news for those communities which can now access fast fibre broadband and shows that the Superfast Cymru programme is delivering," she stated.

"The roll out began in Gwynedd and I am also pleased that over 60 per cent of premises in the county can now access superfast broadband."

Ed Hunt, Superfast Cymru Programme Director, added that the rollout of this "enormous engineering project" is continuing on-schedule across Wales.

He said fibre broadband is being delivered in all local authority areas of Wales, with many rural communities connected so far and many more to come.

Mr Hunt added that, by the time Superfast Cymru is completed in 2016, Wales will be one of the most connected countries in the world.

"It is a huge undertaking with 3,000 green roadside cabinets to be installed and around 17,500km of optical fibre cable to be laid," he added.

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