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WiFi: Neath

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 7th September 2017.

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Photo of Christina Rees Christina Rees Shadow Secretary of State for Wales

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent steps she has taken to improve wifi coverage in Neath constituency.

Photo of Matthew Hancock Matthew Hancock The Minister of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

Digital connectivity is a clear priority for this Government. The Super Connected Cities Programme, which closed in 2015, installed WiFi in 1491 public buildings with a combined annual footfall of over 114 million, including in Wales. WiFi was also installed on 1422 public vehicles.

BDUK’s Superfast programme will provide at least 24 Megabits per second (Mbps) coverage to 95% of the UK by the end of this year. In Neath, superfast coverage is already above 95%.

As a result of the Government's landmark agreement with mobile operators in 2014, each mobile operator will deliver mobile coverage to 90% of the UK's landmass by the end of this year. Additionally O2 will deliver indoor 4G coverage to 95% of premises in Wales, also by the end of 2017.

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