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eXwavia brings superfast broadband to Gwynedd
Wednesday 14 November 2012 11:30:01 by Andrew Ferguson

A press release from eXwavia highlights that the service is available in Gwynedd, though it is not clear which parts of the county, as their website lists Bangor as coming soon.

"As a school, we are striving to develop a ‘green’ school and one way of achieving this is to replace home school literature, including newsletters and notifications for parents, with online sharepoints and dropboxes. This will significantly reduce our photocopying and printing costs. Our iPad 1 - 1 project will also benefit greatly because the children will experience the same broadband speed at home as they do at school."

Robin Williams, headmaster, Ysgol Llanrug & Community Broadband Champion

This means that residents and businesses in the communities of Llanrug and Bethel should now be able to order the service, and while the companies website makes great emphasis on the speed you buy is the speed you will get with no 'up to', it should be pointed out that while the link speed over the wireless element may be a fixed speed, other elements of the system, such as contention on peering links and other areas that are beyond eXwavia's control will mean people still see varying speeds. Hence why Virgin Media with its fixed speed cable modems still uses up to in it promotional material.

The eXwavia plans start at £20 a month for a 4Mbps service, rising to £42 a month for 16 Mbps, connection speeds of 100 Mbps are available for business users on a quote basis. Unfortunately while many fixed wireless providers charge in the order of £50 to £150 for the install of the antenna on a property, the standard eXwavia fee is £999.60 which means that while the school can afford the service we are not sure how many residents will be able to. In theory if a householder qualifies for a £1000 grant under the Welsh Broadband Support Scheme they can get the setup fee subsidised.


Posted by fibrebunny over 4 years ago
Oh wow they missed out on a whopping forty pence of unclaimed subsidy.
Posted by DJBlu2003 over 4 years ago
"It’s fabulous to work closely with communities such as Llanrug and Bethel, and whilst government targets are ambitious, I am determined not to make rural communities wait until 2015 to achieve superfast speeds."

I feel for the people of Llanrug and Bethel as they will believe that this is their only option when it isn't.

Again clever marketing from Ms Burgess.

The only rural areas that will be serviced by Exwavia will be the one's that are within 50km from the A55 or Welshpool. The rest will have to wait until 2015.
Posted by NilSatisOptimum over 4 years ago
The £999.60, is absolute key and I'm know many Welshpool residents wont qualify for the Welsh Broadband Support scheme indeed many residents in the villages Towns within the 50km wont qualify.
Posted by evaki over 3 years ago
Hello everyone,
Has anybody used exwavia? Can you please give me some feedback based on your experience? I am interested but I am not sure how reliable they are. Thank you!
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