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The Welsh government is to spend up to £80 million on a new superfast broadband scheme.

A new initiative has been set up to replace the Superfast Cymru project, which has delivered high-speed broadband to almost 614,000 premises across Wales.

The government's aim is to ensure every property in the country is able to access fast and reliable broadband by 2020.

Julie James, Minister for Skills and Science in the Welsh Assembly, commented: "Superfast Cymru has been a great success and the rollout is far from over with more premises being connected every day.  It is a challenging and ambitious project, but is delivering.

"Nearly 614,000 premises now have access to high speed broadband as result of the project. To be clear, those premises would have no access at all without our intervention."

However, she said more still needs to be done and insisted the government is committed to ensuring every property in Wales can access a fast and reliable broadband connection.

This, she stated, is why the Welsh government plans to spend up to £80 million in order to boost connectivity in "those final hard-to-reach areas".

Ms James confirmed that funding package includes money from the European Union. While she noted that the Welsh government is in the early stages of the application process, she stressed it is confident the funding will be available as a result of the UK Treasury's guarantee to honour EU bids approved prior to Brexit.

The Welsh government has spent more than £162 million of public money on improving broadband infrastructure across Wales since 2012, while a further £62 million will be spent over the coming year.

Superfast Cymru is aiming to deliver high-speed broadband to a further 100,000 premises before it closes in 2017.

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