Cross Hands is set to hit top gear on the global information highway as superfast broadband services arrive in the village in time for Christmas.

The move, scheduled to be completed by December, will see residents and businesses enjoying broadband speeds up to three times faster than the UK average.

Superfast Cymru, the largest partnership of its kind in the UK, is working towards the Welsh Government’s target to extend fast fibre broadband to 96 per cent of premises in Wales by 2016.

Welcoming the most recent update from BT - the company working in partnership with the Welsh Government to roll out the programme - Rebecca Evans AM, Assembly Member for Mid and West Wales, said: ““This is great news for households. It is also good news for businesses – many of which rely on fast and reliable internet speeds.

“Superfast broadband will allow many rural businesses to flourish, and will allow homes across Wales to enjoy the benefits of things such as online streaming of films and music at much greater speeds.”

The Superfast Cymru Programme aims to bring fibre optic broadband to homes and businesses across 96% of Wales by 2016.