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The rollout of fibre broadband in Wales under the Superfast Cymru programme has reached its halfway stage.

Answering a parliamentary question posed by David Hanson, Shadow Minister for Home Affairs, the Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey revealed the initiative has brought 345,000 homes and businesses within reach of super-fast broadband.

As reported by, this is around half of the current target of 690,000 premises - or 96 per cent of the total - by spring 2016.

The Superfast Cymru programme appears to have made significant progress since the end of 2014, when 299,876 were reported to have been passed by fibre networks.

Mr Vaizey explained that super-fast broadband coverage in Wales has now reached over one million premises, over two-thirds of the total in Wales.

"345,000 premises have gained coverage as a result of the Superfast Cymru broadband programme which has funding from the UK government, Welsh Government and European funds," he stated.

BT is partnering with the UK and Welsh governments on the rollout of fibre broadband in Wales, with the service provider's infrastructure arm Openreach carrying out network upgrade work.

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