Rollout and Exploitation of Superfast Broadband

We are pleased to invite Peter Williams and Michael Groves from Welsh Government to talk about the Rollout and Exploitation of Superfast Broadband. The talk will be on Monday, May 11th 2015 at 6pm. This will be held at Aberystwyth University, in A12 in the Hugh Owen Building.

There will be some food and drink available before the talk, from 5.30pm.

This event is free and open to all.

Overview
Superfast Cymru is the largest partnership of its kind in the UK working to give, when combined with commercial roll-out, 96% of premises in Wales access to fast fibre broadband by 2016.

This is a huge undertaking laying 17,500kms of optical fibre cable and installing around 3,000 new green roadside cabinets across Wales. The sheer size of the programme means it is not possible to plan and roll-out everywhere at the same time.

Following the delivery of Pathfinder activities in four local authority areas, the Welsh Government is leading on an EU bid for a national programme to support businesses across Wales to understand, adopt and most importantly, exploit superfast enabled technologies and business tools. Many stakeholders, including local authorities, business support agencies and the private sector all have a part to play to ensure an economic dividend is realised from the infrastructure investment.

Peter Williams & Michael Groves will provide an overview on the rollout & the superfast exploitation programme.

Biographies

Peter Gwyn Williams – Technical Relationship Manager, Welsh Government.

Peter spent over 15 years working on key ICT delivery and awareness raising projects in Wales, often playing a hands on role in explaining the benefits of specific subject areas such as Broadband, eBusiness, Mobile Technologies and Digitally Networked Businesses to organisations, businesses and stakeholders.

One such project, was the “ADSL Strand 6 Project” that delivered 1st generation Broadband to 10 key towns in Rural Wales between 2000-2002.

Peter, a qualified Information Security Specialist, also played a key role within the eCrime Wales team assisting Welsh Businesses and communities in preventing eCrime, and influencing many organisations to adopt eCrime prevention policies and strategies.

In 2009, Peter initiated the all Wales cyber situational awareness study with Glamorgan University, a UK first trial which recorded and highlighted attempted cyber intrusions from various countries in to Welsh Businesses.

In 2013, Peter moved to the ICT Infrastructure Department of the Welsh Government, supporting and leading ICT Infrastructure Developments in the Local Growth and Enterprise Zones, these include the Superfast Cymru Programme, Mobile Infrastructure Project, village and town WiFi Projects.

A fluent Welsh speaker originally from North Wales, Peter is also a regular contributor to BBC Radio Cymru and other media channels.

Michael Groves – Welsh Government

Having spent nearly ten years in the private sector based in the south east of the UK working in project management working with various industries including the banking and technology sectors, Michael returned to Wales in 2002.

Since then, Michael has developed and delivered Government and European Commission funded programmes that have focussed on supporting Welsh businesses to exploit ICT. Key to their success, many of these worked hand in glove with the Welsh ICT sector community, helping to bridge the gap between the demands of broader businesses and the expertise of ICT professionals whilst supporting businesses investment in technologies.

Michael is now responsible for the delivery of a programme to support the Welsh business stock understand, adopt and exploit the technologies that superfast broadband makes available. The objective being to ensure that businesses and the Welsh economy as a whole realises an economic dividend from the infrastructure investment.

Michael is a qualified Prince II and MSP practitioner and has a broad experience in technologies that support business operations.