Established in 2000, the Welsh Video Network supports videoconferencing studios in every university and college in Wales, and facilitated over 4,800 conferences in 2006-07. These facilities are used for regular meetings, teaching sessions (each around a third of the total) and other purposes, creating tangible benefits of enhanced learning, reduced administrative/management costs and associated travel savings. Video conferencing enables distance learning and greater contact between speakers and minimisation of need for travel is particularly advantageous in Wales, which has a dispersed population and slow transport links between different regions.