Ynys Môn (Isle of Anglesey) looks set to benefit from a WiMAX 4G rural broadband solution initially offering broadband at speeds of up to 10Mbps. The i3 Group who are better known for their fibre to the home initiative FibreCity are behind the trial.
The project will make use of the fibre backbone announced for North Wales almost two years ago. An initial trial connecting 300 homes in Aberffraw, Llanfair-yn-Neubwll and Bryngwran will see the service delivery handled by Carrier Wales. Businesses and residents in the area will be informed once the trial is available, so no rushing off to find a sign-up page yet. On enquiring about a time-line, it appears to be fairly short, with first properties getting connected in perhaps six weeks.
It should be borne in mind that this is a trial roll-out. As ever the trial will test both the technology and costs of providing a broadband solution that exceeds the proposed 2015 Universal Service Commitment. In this sense the work of the Welsh Assembly puts Wales ahead of the curve, with previous funding announcements of £2m to fill in not-spots in the final-third.