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The Superfast Cymru broadband rollout has reached another major milestone: the 1,000th fibre broadband cabinet to be installed in rural Wales.

Neston in Caerphilly has become the latest community to gain access to super-fast broadband through the network upgrade programme.

Local homes and businesses now have the option of signing up for fibre broadband for the first time, thanks to a new, green roadside cabinet.

The latest round of deployments means a total of 293,000 premises across Wales have gained access to next-generation services through Superfast Cymru.

Julie James, the Welsh Government's Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology, said the rollout - which is geared at delivering fibre to 96 per cent of the population by 2016 - is "moving at pace".

"It’s great news we have reached yet another important landmark in the project as more and more people enjoy the many benefits of fast fibre broadband," she stated.

Ms James added that the Welsh Government is committed to seeing Wales become a truly digital nation. "Superfast Cymru is vital in helping make us one of the best connected countries in the world," she said.

By the time the rollout is complete in two years' time, around 3,000 street cabinets will have been deployed across remote parts of Wales - those which have not been included in commercial fibre deployments.

Some 17,500km of optical fibre cable is being laid in order to increase access to super-fast download speeds and ensure more people can take advantage of next-generation technology.

To date, a team of around 400 BT engineers has worked more than 400,000 hours on the deployment project.

Funding for the Superfast Cymru scheme has been provided by the UK and Welsh governments, the European Regional Development Fund and BT, the private sector infrastructure partner.

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