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Cardiff to become internet hub

Cardiff is set to have its own internet exchange in the heart of the city later this year providing a significant boost for businesses, Economy Minister Edwina Hart has announced. Currently all internet traffic in south Wales has to be sent via London which is costly for local internet service providers and content providers who have the burden of paying for connectivity to London An internet exchange enables internet service providers to exchange internet traffic between their networks which is known as "peering". The Welsh Government has been working with LINX (the London INternet eXchange), Cardiff County Council and other partners to bring an internet exchange to the heart of Cardiff. The Minister said it would help give the city and the whole of south Wales a competitive advantage over other regions. Businesses in north Wales are already able to access the internet exchange in Manchester via the Welsh Government’s FibreSpeed network Creating an internet exchange in Cardiff will help give the city and whole of south Wales a competitive advantage over other regions. Intellectual property created in Wales can remain in Wales; internet service providers can benefit from a wider choice of partners; Welsh content can be put Read more [...]

Jobs creation for young people our greatest achievement

The First Minister has hailed jobs creation for young people as the Welsh Government’s greatest achievement of the year on publishing the Programme for Government report for 2013-14. The latest Programme for Government report which is published annually tracks progress against 335 Government indicators covering  growth and sustainable jobs, health and well-being, educational attainment and supporting children, families and deprived communities. Key indicators published in today’s report are: •For the first time ever more than half of adults in Wales now hold an A level or equivalent qualification •A steady decline in circulatory disease mortality rates over the past decade alongside a steady decline in the cancer mortality rate.  Wales has shown the biggest improvement in cancer survival among the four countries of the United Kingdom. •As at the 31 March 2013, 60.3 per cent of social houses now meet the Welsh Housing Quality Standard which involves improving windows and doors, modernising kitchens and bathrooms and installing better heating if needed. •A steady increase to the highest ever percentage of secondary school pupils being assessed in Welsh as their  first language at the end of year 9. •The Welsh Read more [...]