The Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee is carrying out an inquiry into digital infrastructure in Wales. The Committee intends to examine the work Welsh Government has undertaken to date in improving connectivity across Wales and plans for future schemes.
The Committee will scrutinise the work of Welsh Government to date in improving digital connectivity within Wales. The inquiry is set to explore how mobile and broadband coverage in Wales has been influenced by Welsh Government interventions and how the successor to Superfast Cymru will be developed to provide the next generation of broadband.
According to the latest figures by Ofcom, superfast broadband coverage in Wales has increased faster than any other part of the UK. Following the completion of Superfast Cymru, the Welsh Government is due to start a procurement process for the successor scheme in February 2017, with delivery expected to start in January 2018.
The latest data on mobile phone coverage shows that Wales generally has the lowest availability of 3G and 4G in the UK. The Scottish Government has recently published its Mobile Action Plan with the support of network providers. Within the strategy it examines how devolved powers such as planning can be used to enhance coverage in hard to reach areas.
The Committee is looking at the following issues:
Status: Report in preparation
First published: 28/11/2016
Decision due: Meeting Date by Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee