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Speedy Cardiff Blues international Lloyd Williams gave some Vale of Glamorgan school children and their families early Christmas cheer as he joined them to celebrate their village switching to superfast broadband.

Children from the local Wick and Marcross Primary School  ‘unwrapped’ the roadside cabinet that will be delivering superfast internet speeds to the village as a result of the Superfast Cymru programme, provided by Pro Rugby Wales’ main sponsor BT.

Lloyd joined local school children in the festive unwrapping of the upgraded cabinet with Welsh Government Minister for Finance Jane Hutt.

Speaking before the event, Jane Hutt said: “I am pleased that European funding is supporting this ambitious programme which will help promote and drive economic growth throughout Wales.

“Superfast Cymru is playing a vital role in helping make Wales a truly digital nation and ensuring we’re on track to become one of the best connected countries in the world.

“More and more communities are enjoying the many benefits of receiving fast fibre broadband be that in business, at home or on the move and by Spring 2016 we’re aiming to see 96 per cent of premises in Wales have access to high-speed fibre broadband.”

With nearby Cowbridge and Ogmore-by-Sea having already been ‘switched on’ to the benefits of superfast broadband, properties in the picturesque Vale of Glamorgan village of Wick will now be able to join their neighbours in enjoying maximum download speeds of up to 80Mbps and maximum upload speeds of up to 20Mbps*

Superfast Cymru, a partnership between the Welsh Government, UK Government, the European Regional Development Fund and BT, has now rolled out high-speed fibre broadband to more than 293,000 homes and businesses across the country. It is the largest partnership of its kind in the UK.

The Superfast Cymru programme is a huge undertaking laying 17,500kms of optical fibre cable and installing around 3,000 new green roadside cabinets across Wales.

Work is now taking place in every single local authority area in Wales with approximately 400 BT engineers having worked more than 400,000 hours on the project.

Christmas shopping has been transformed by online shopping and by the number of internet-reliant gifts like laptops, games consoles and smartphones.

BT Sport is the main sponsor of the four Welsh regions in a new three-year agreement and partnership which started in the 2014/15 season.

Information about the roll-out is published on the Superfast Cymru website ( including a coverage map which provides details of roll-out plans looking approximately 12 months ahead.

About BT

BT is one of the world’s leading providers of communications services and solutions, serving customers in more than 170 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to its customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband, TV and internet products and services; and converged fixed/mobile products and services. BT consists principally of five lines of business: BT Global Services, BT Business, BT Consumer, BT Wholesale and Openreach.

For the year ended 31 March 2014, BT Group’s reported revenue was £18,287m with reported profit before taxation of £2,312m.

British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group. BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York.

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