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The pace of the government's rollout of superfast broadband has been roundly criticised by the managing director of Cardiff-based internet provider Spectrum, Giles Phelps.

In an interview with, Mr Phelps said the government's move to implement superfast connections was “about 5 years too late”.

He added that future projects should focus on ultra-fast FTTH/P broadband and creating fixed wireless solutions for remote rural areas.

Speaking about the rollout of the Broadband Delivery UK programme, he told the website: "Firstly, I think the whole programme is about 5 years too late. If we want a more digitally savvy nation then we need to deliver first and then work on education and exploitation.

"There for the majority and not the minority – nothing really is going to change, so I’m still not convinced that we will actually see 95% achieving speeds on 24Mbps + apart from where there is FTTP, so I take a lot of the statistics with a pinch of salt.

"We know the challenges are in the 5% and this programme doesn’t resolve them."

Spectrum has already deployed its own fibre optic and fixed wireless broadband infrastructure across the country, although it has mainly focused its efforts on improving connectivity in southern Wales and the south-west of England.

In his interview, Mr Giles said he was concerned about the BDUK contracts in Wales, stating the country was “considered as a whole rather than divided … which meant that none of the smaller providers could have bid”.

He added that many of the timescales for delivering certain projects were "unachievable".

Yet despite the concerns surrounding the government's plan to spend public money on a Satellite subsidy, Mr Giles did concede that BT was arguably best placed to do the job.

"No one else out there could do it faster as the timescales are so tight – but of course it would have been better if there was more FTTP,” he concluded.



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