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Households in Wales' most remote community - Dinas Mawddwy in Gwyned - can now sign up for super-fast fibre broadband.

Full-fibre services have been launched in the village - which has a population of roughly 600 - under the Superfast Cymru rollout programme.

The aim of the £425 million initiative is to deliver super-fast broadband to 96 per cent of the Welsh population by spring 2016.

Connecting Dinas Mawddwy to the nearest fibre network was no easy task - it took 16km of overhead fibre and 20km of underground cabling.

But the engineering project was successful, meaning local people can now receive fibre broadband direct to their premises.

As such, broadband speeds of up to 330Mb are now available in Dinas Mawddwy.

Julie James, the Welsh Government's Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology, said it was "excellent news" that people living in this remote community can now take full advantage of broadband technology.

She claimed the project shows the lengths the Superfast Cymru programme is going to so people can enjoy the benefits of fibre-optic services.

“The sheer distance of the overhead fibre to reach the village is an achievement, which hasn’t been realised before throughout the UK and shows our commitment to connect rural communities in Wales," Ms James added.

“Bringing super-fast speeds to Dinas Mawddwy is a symbol of how ambitious the Superfast Cymru programme is."

Ms James noted that the Welsh Government is "committed" to seeing the country become a truly digital nation, on par with any other.

She added that the Superfast Cymru scheme is "vital in making that vision a reality".

In November, it was revealed that 276,320 homes and businesses across Wales have gained access to fibre broadband as a result of the Superfast Cymru programme.

This was up from 190,393 in June, showing the progress made by the public/private rollout project.

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