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Written Assembly Questions tabled on 7 July 2017 for answer on 14 July 2017

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Written Questions must be tabled at least five working days before they are to be answered. In practice, Ministers aim to answer within seven/eight days but are not bound to do so. Answers are published in the language in which they are provided, with a translation into English of responses provided in Welsh.

To ask the Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure

Nick Ramsay (Monmouth): Will the Cabinet Secretary confirm whether the Welsh Government owns any optic fibre network in Wales and where such assets are located? (WAQ73829)

Answer recieved on 14 July 2017

(Julie James): The Welsh Government owns some fibre network in both North and South Wales.

The Welsh Government currently allows Fibrespeed Ltd the rights to operate a fibre network along the A55 corridor for business use in North Wales.

In South Wales the entire length of the M4, the A470 from Cardiff to Merthyr, the A465 from the M4 to Hirwaun, the A449/A40 from the M4 to Monmouth and also from Dowlais to Abergavenny, and A4042 from the M4 to Cwmbran the A48 from the end of the M4 to Cross Hands is covered with a Welsh Government owned fibre network.

At the Severn Bridge the Welsh Government also shares a fibre network with Highways England for cross boundary sharing of camera images.

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