The Superfast Cymru project has hit another milestone and this time it is delivering the 1000th cabinet as part of the project, or put another way 293,000 premises now have access to a fibre based broadband solution where without the project they probably would not.
The lucky cabinet we believe is cabinet 1 on the Nelson exchange that has only just started taking orders in the last couple of days, though the celebratory press release does feature a local florist - The Cottage Garden Florist who is served by cabinet 4 that went live a month ago. This may just be a reflection of the time taken to wait for a cabinet to have its first orders placed and then source the various quotes and get a release signed off - anyone who has dealt with PR will know how long that process can be sometimes.
The Superfast Cymru programme is moving at pace and it’s great news we have reached yet another important landmark in the project as more and more people enjoy the many benefits of fast fibre broadband.
Residents and businesses in Nelson are the latest to benefit and more communities throughout Wales will be able to take advantage of receiving superfast speeds as we progress towards reaching our ambitious target of delivering access to 96% of properties by the end of Spring 2016.
The Welsh Government is committed to seeing Wales become a truly digital nation and Superfast Cymru is vital in helping make us one of the best connected countries in the world."Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology, Julie James
The Caerphilly village of Nelson has 7 cabinets currently and cabs 1,3,4 and 5 are delivering a FTTC service, the question that those living and working in Nelson will be asking is when will the other cabinets get their fibre twins too. The unitary authority that Nelson falls within is Caerffili - Caerphilly and we estimate that the fibre based coverage for the authority area is around the 78% mark currently and if you add a qualifier of a minimum speed of 30 Mbps it is around 70% of households.