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66 new communities announced in Welsh high speed broadband roll-out
Wednesday 30 July 2014 18:11:04 by Andrew Ferguson

For those living and working in Wales the roll-out of fibre based broadband while controversial will for the vast majority be an improvement on the current ADSL and ADSL2+ based services, so the release of a list of the next sixty six communities that will benefit from the Superfast Cymru project is a step in the right direction.

Ammanford, Bancyfelin, Bettisfield, Betws-Y-Coed, Broadhaven, Bucknell, Burry Port, Camrose, Carew, Cemmaes Road, Clawdd Newydd, Clynderwen, Colwyn Bay, Croes Goch, Cross Ash, Cynwyl Elfed, Dale, Dolwyddelan, Ferryside, Fishguard, Glandyfi, Glasbury, Gobion, Kidwelly, Lamphey, Laugharne, Letterston, Little Mill, Llansilan, Llanboidy, Llanddarog, Llandeilo, Llandovery, Llandybie, Llangadfan, Llangadog, Llangeitho, Llangennech, Llangrannog, Llanpumsaint, Llanrwst, Llansannan, Llanstephan, Llantilio, Llyswen, Manorbier, Meifod, Nantgaredig, Narberth, Old Colwyn, Pendine, Penmaenmawr, Pontarddulais, Pontyates, Pontyberem, Raglan, Rhos-on-Sea, Rhydlewis, St Clears, St Davids, Talley, Tonyrefail, Treffgarne, Trimsaran, Tynygroes, Whitland

66 new communities that will benefit from fibre based roll-out by June 2015

The press release reports that the average speed in areas already covered by Superfast Broadband in Wales is 61 Mbps, but it is not clear whether this is an estimate or from actual speed test measurements in areas with cable and/or FTTC coverage. The average we recorded for Wales in June/July 2014 was 8.6 Mbps download and 0.9 Mbps upload, which is some way behind Northern Ireland at 18.6 Mbps and 2.2 Mbps (England 17 Mbps and 1.9 Mbps, Scotland 13.9 Mbps and 1.1 Mbps).

Clearly there is a long way to go in Wales and a diminishing time frame to hit the target date in 2016 when 96% will have the option of some form of fibre based broadband service, but it does take time to deploy 3,000 cabinets and the estimated 17,500 kilometres of fibre optic cable needed. While there will be lots of complaints about the use of FTTC for the majority of connections, we believe that some native FTTP is to be deployed where it makes economic sense to either enable Exchange Only lines or for clusters of properties too far from a cabinet to receive a reasonable boost in speed from VDSL2.

Comments

Posted by fastman over 2 years ago
blackmanba whats your cab that been waiting 6 months ? pm me
Posted by warweezil over 2 years ago
So thats another 66 communities that will be getting a partial coverage so that Superfarce Wales can make the empty claim of "bringing Superfast services to communities across Wales" when the truth is that the whole roll out seems to be a badly organised patchwork.

How much money is being wasted with The Installation teams having to make repeated visits to areas to infill - assuming that ever happens< as with anything Cardiff bay is involved in - its a bad joke.
Posted by AllanGP over 2 years ago
Have to agree Caergwrle, only 4 cabinets done but claimed to be "enabled" it's a bit of a joke.
Posted by chrimbow over 2 years ago
Colwyn Bay at last, my breath is baited...
Posted by rehabwales over 2 years ago
Gwendraeth Valley and Carmarthen exchanges! about time. I actually went over to Talk Talk this year...how does that effect things when the FTTC is up and running?
Posted by roysignals over 2 years ago
What is not generally advertised is that only those lines that are via a cabinet will be able to receive fibre broadband. There are many of us who are fed directly from the exchange (ie not via cabinets) because we are close to the exchange, in my case withing 125 meters.There are approx 40 houses on my site who have broadband. i just wonder if we shall receive broadband via FTTP
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