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New internet backbone for North Wales
Thursday 27 November 2008 10:16:22 by Andrew Ferguson

Some sites like are suggesting a new fibre network that will cost some £30 million and provide speeds of 10Gbps will benefit Welsh hill farmers.

The reality at this point in time for the FibreSpeed project seems to be very different. The network is actually a combination of fibre and microwave links forming a 200 mile long Internet motorway stretching from Manchester to Holyhead, initially providing connectivity to businesses in a number of business parks, namely Wrexham Technology Park, Wrexham Industrial Estate, Hawarden Business Park, Deeside Industrial Estate, St Asaph Business Park, North Wales Business Park, Parc Menai, Victoria Dock and Parc Cybi.

The project is not going to be pushing fibre out to individual homes or out to single farms, but what it should do is reduce the cost of providing backhaul in the region. This in turn may reduce the costs of unbundling a telephone exchange leading to more LLU options. Alas LLU is not going to do much for those in the area on a long telephone line where speeds of 0.5Mbps or less are all that is possible, and of course rural farms are a perfect example of this.

All too often any mention of fibre lately is used to conjure up images of ultra-broadband to the home or business, when in reality the vast majority of us are already probably just a mile or less from a piece of fibre that has been laid in the ground in the last ten or so years.


Posted by boggits over 8 years ago
Er that would be the new fiber optic backbone that went live last yesterday (I was at the launch).

The major pops along the route are all business parks and these WILL be fibered as part of the deployment.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 8 years ago
Maybe I wasn't clear enough on the launch timing, but I was mainly trying to clear up the impression some may have had that the project is going to be FTT farm/home
Posted by Spectre_01 over 8 years ago
lol @ FTTF!
Posted by cyberdoyle over 8 years ago
I agree with Spectre, FTTF, if only...
...we can but dream.
Posted by kmendum over 8 years ago
When the Welsh Development Agency launched FibreSpeed several years ago, the easy bit was the north Wales coast. We couldn't make a good case for the west coast, let alone the rest of the principality. Plus ca change...
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