A MULTI-MILLION pound project will deliver high-speed fibre broadband to more towns in North East Wales.
Thirteen towns across Wrexham and Flintshire are among 151 towns and villages across Wales to benefit from the latest round of the Superfast Cymru roll-out.
In Flintshire county Caerwys, Halkyn and Llanferres are expected to receive the broadband boost by September 2014, with Higher Kinnerton’s improvements coming in by March 2015.
In Wrexham county borough Bangor-on-Dee, Dutton Diffeth, Rossett, Ruabon and Rhos will also have faster connections from September next year, while updated services in Chirk, Glyn Ceiriog, Hanmer, Overton-on-Dee and Redbrook Maelor will be rolled out in March 2015.
Halkyn councillor David Hughes said the speed increase was an important boost for the village.
"It’s obviously got to be good for the area,” he said. “This, like any other improvements, will be warmly welcomed.
“I’m sure the businesses, including the three quarries, will welcome it as it will improve communications and trade.
Chirk Town Council chairman Cllr Frank Hemmings said: “I think this is excellent news.
“We have reasonable broadband but getting higher speeds will be great.
“It’ll be useful for small firms and the town council – it’s a really useful bonus for Chirk.”
The fibre broadband improvements are a joint initiative from the Welsh Government and BT, with £58m coming from the Senedd.
A further £57 million in investment has been provided from Westminster through Broadband Delivery UK.
The initiative is hoping to deliver increased broadband speeds to 96 per cent of homes and businesses in Wales by the end of 2015.
Ken Skates AM, Minister for Skills and Innovation, said: “The dedication of the Superfast Cymru programme is clearly illustrated through our commitment to delivering superfast fibre broadband across Wales.”
Secretary of State for Wales, David Jones MP, added: “By 2015, we will have achieved a truly remarkable transformation in broadband provision in Wales.
“Speeds will be dramatically faster, and both fixed and mobile superfast broadband will be widespread.
“We’ll have transformed connectivity in the majority of Welsh rural communities.”